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“Who dunnit?!” Join in with completely original, never-before-seen mysteries written specifically for students, and “become a part of the story” to solve who dunnit! Engage or simply watch, as you meet weekly in LIVE events (it’s not a course) and meet the suspects, learn to think critically, and have loads of fun! 

Special Note: There is no Moodle page for this course. You will be emailed the Zoom link.

Total meetings: 4

Class dates: Fridays, June 4, June 11, June 18, and June 25, 2021

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ⅓ Semester Credit for Drama

Fee: $19.95 for all four Mystery Theaters. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Mr. O'Brien will lead students in an interactive reading of one of his mystery shows! A number of students will be allowed to play roles during the Zoom meetings - and everybody will be involved in figuring out "whodunnit"!

Course outline:

Friday, June 4 - Murder at the Haunted Hotel

Friday, June 11 - Who Killed Julius Caesar?

Friday, June 18 - Scary Poppins

Friday, June 25 - Dr. Who-Dunnit

Course materials: Original scripts to be provided FREE by the Instructor. Note: If you’ve taken one of Mr. O’Brien’s previous Mystery Theaters, these are brand new mysteries, so you can join the fun yet again.

Homework: This is not a class! No grades, no homework, no worries! Just lots of mysterious fun! It's the Summer Whodunnit Mystery Camp.

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Starts Starts: 6/4/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 6/25/2021 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Location Location:
Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 97 seats
 
Can Superheroes be “spiritual”? In this fun and powerfully-presented course, learn how Superman, Batman, Spider-man, and the Green Lantern teach us about the Catholic Faith (and the heresies that have opposed it) and get excited about the connection between cultural fun and theology!



Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2021

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Central)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 9th grade

Suggested credit: 2/3 Semester Theology. For a full credit, add another theology course.

Fee: $137 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $157 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Can Superman, Batman, Spider-man and Green Lantern teach us about the Catholic Faith and the heresies that have opposed it? You bet they can! In this fun summer class, we will study the mythical meanings of super hero stories and the various heresies that the different heroes can illustrate for us.

Course outline:

Monday, June 7 - Superman, the World’s First Superhero

Tuesday, June 8 - Superman and the heresy of Docetism

Wednesday, June 9 - Batman - A glimpse of the many faces of Batman over the years

Thursday, June 10 - Batman and the heresy of Arianism

Monday, June 14 - Spider-man, the reluctant hero

Tuesday, June 15 - Super heroes, secret identities and the Two Natures of Christ

Wednesday, June 16 - Green Lantern and the power of Free Will

Thursday, June 17 - Green Lantern and the heresy of Pelagianism

Course materials: Super Heroes Can’t Save You by Todd Miles - ISBN-10 : 1462750796
ISBN-13: 978-1462750795 (
https://amzn.to/3casaoM)

Homework: Daily assignments will consist of computer-generated quizzes for immediate feedback and brief reflections or essay answers graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one hour per day outside of class time.

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Starts Starts: 6/7/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/17/2021 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Ready to moving? Join this to learn some basic workout techniques and get credit for Physical Ed. Come to class with plenty of water at your side and dressed casually for exercise.

Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 2021.

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: In good health, since these exercises will become rigorous. 

“I, _______________________________, have enrolled in the intro to Physical Fitness and Heath curriculum/course offered through Homeschool Connections. I recognize that the program may involve strenuous physical activity including, but not limited to, muscle strength and endurance training, cardiovascular conditioning and training, and other various fitness activities. I hereby affirm that I am in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or limit my participation in this exercise program. I acknowledge that my enrollment and subsequent participation is purely voluntary and in no way mandated by Homeschool Connections .”

“In consideration of my participation in this program, I,_________________________, hereby release instructor Kevin Kiernan,  Homeschool Connections and its agents from any claims, demands, and causes of action as a result of my voluntary participation and enrollment.” “I fully understand that I may injure myself as a result of my enrollment and subsequent participation in this program and I, ___________________________________, hereby release instructor Kevin Kiernan,    Homeschool Connections and its agents from any liability now or in the future for conditions that I may obtain. These conditions may include, but are not limited to, heart attacks, muscle strains, muscle pulls, muscle tears, broken bones, shin splints, heat prostration, injuries to knees, injuries to the back, injuries to feet, or any other illness or soreness that I may incur, including death.”

I HEREBY AFFIRM THAT I HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE STATEMENTS.


Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Physical Education

Fee: $87 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $107 after April 15 for all six classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin Kiernan

Course description: This is a 2-week course covering health-related aspects of physical fitness including flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. We will work on developing better mobility and stability through physical exercises. While learning about the musculoskeletal system and how proper nutrition and exercise benefit that system. Recommended credit is one high school health credit.

Course outline:

Day 1: squats, leg raises, push-ups bench-mark test for time / Physical Activity and Hydration & Nutrition

Day 2: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / A Complete Exercise Program

Day 3: chest, quadriceps, abdominals, triceps, exercises / Your Aerobic Fitness

Day 4: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / Your Muscular Fitness

Day 5: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / Your Flexibility

Day 6: chest, quadriceps, abdominals, triceps, exercises / Sharpening Your Functional Fitness

Day 7: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / Supplements. What to take and when

Day 8: squats, leg raises, push-ups improvement test for time/ Meeting the CDC Exercise Guidelines

Course materials: Dumbbells or resistance bands needed for some exercises. All academic information will be provided in the Moodle page.

Homework: The live class will be actual physical exercises, for increased mobility and strength. Starting with warmup, stretching, then muscle development exercises. Students will have daily assigned readings, and a daily quiz

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Starts Starts: 6/21/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 7/1/2021 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 12 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Learn mystery literature with a theater and mystery-story expert! Read Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown stories, deep-dive into literary analysis, and have some good old-fashioned fun as you solve the mysteries!


Total classes: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2021

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 AM Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester English or Literature

Fee: $137 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $157 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: The two greatest sleuths in the history of detective fiction are Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and GK Chesterton’s Father Brown. We will read and discuss a different mystery story every day, alternating between these two characters who both demonstrate, in their own ways, how Reason and Faith work together!

Course outline:

Monday, July 12 - Introduction and scenes from “The Honor of Israel Gow” - Father Brown

Tuesday, July 13 - “A Study in Scarlet” - Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, July 14 - “The Blue Cross” - Father Brown

Thursday, July 15 - “The Hound of the Baskervilles” - Sherlock Holmes

Monday, July 19 - “The Queer Feet” - Father Brown

Tuesday, July 20 - “The Red Headed League” - Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, July 21 - “The Hammer of God” - Father Brown

Thursday, July 22 - “The Final Problem” - Sherlock Holmes

Course materials: Mr. O’Brien will provide FREE course materials as PDFs of the stories, all of which are in the public domain.

Homework: Daily assignments will consist of reading that day’s story and taking a computer-graded quiz for immediate feedback. There will be a final essay assignment, graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one to two hours per day outside of the live class.

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Starts Starts: 7/12/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 7/22/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Location Location:
Status Status: 4 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Join in this short literature course with the story of two children who write letters back and forth, sharing their lives, hopes, dreams, and experiences while living across the world from each other. High school students are welcomed, too.


Special Notes:
This course can be for both Middle School and High School levels.


Total class meetings: 4

Class dates: Wednesdays, July 14 21, 28, and August 4, 2021

Starting time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central 3:30 Mountain 1:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature or English

Fee: $67 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $87 after April 15 for all four classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: It started as a “pen pal” assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Caitlin chose Martin, a boy from Zimbabwe. This true story traces how Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends and better people, through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

Course outline:

1. Wednesday, July 7 - Part I (pages 1-80)

2. Wednesday, July 14 - Parts II and III (pages 81-224)

3. Wednesday, July 21 - Parts IV and V (pages 225-323)

4. Wednesday, July 28 - Parts VI and Epilogue (pages 324-396)

Course materials: I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alfirenka & Martin Ganda, ISBN # 978-0-316-24133-5 (
https://amzn.to/2M5IyME)

Homework: Weekly assignments will consist of reading the assigned material plus brief reflections or essay answers graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than about two to three hours per week in addition to class time.

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Starts Starts: 7/14/2021 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 8/4/2021 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Status Status: 6 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Have fun and learn about writing and expression with an exploration into song lyrics, from folk to Hip Hop, and learn how, no matter what the style, lyrics and poetry work together to influence and emotionally connect us with story and song.


Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 26, 27, 28, 29, August 2, 3, 4, 5, 2021

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester English, Poetry, or Music Appreciation

Fee: $137 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $157 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: What makes good song lyrics and what do these lyrics tell us about poetry? Look together at all kinds of songs and analyze lyrics from folk songs, light opera, musical theater, old standards, novelty tunes, pop, rock, and even some hip-hop and even try your hand at writing our own lyrics!

Course outline:

Monday, July 26 - Folk Songs

Tuesday, July 27 - Opera and Light Opera

Wednesday, July 28 - Hymns

Thursday, July 29 - Musicals

Monday, August 2 - Standards and Ballads

Tuesday, August 3 - Pop

Wednesday, August 4 - Hip Hop

Thursday, August 5 - Novelty

Course materials: Will be provided free by Mr. O’Brien in the form of PDFs.

Homework: Daily assignments will consist of short computer-graded quizzes which provide immediate feedback, as well as brief reflections or essay answers graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one hour per day in addition to class time.

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Starts Starts: 7/26/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 8/5/2021 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 16 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Come and learn about the great struggle between good and evil, as history brings us heroes and villains such as Jesus Christ and Pontius Pilate Regulus of Rome and the Emperor Nero Winston Churchill and Mussolini, Hitler, and more. Through stories, characters, and virtues, learn how the hand of God is behind history.


Total classes:
6
Class dates: Thursdays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 14, 2021.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes per class
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade.
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester History
Fee: $97 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $117 after July 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: To give young students an overview of the great struggle between good and evil that works itself out in history, we will examine some of the best “good guys” and some of the worst “bad guys” who ever lived. Stories, characters, virtues, vices - and the hand of God behind it all!

Course outline: 

  1. Hero - Jesus Christ

  2. Villain - Pontius Pilate

  3. Hero - Regulus of Rome

  4. Villain - The Emperor Nero

  5. Hero - Winston Churchill

  6. Villains - Mussolini, Hitler, Pinochet and other villains of the 20th Century


Course materials: Biographical and historical sketches provided FREE as PDFs by the Instructor
Homework: Plan on about an hour’s worth of reading or research outside of class each week. We will have frequent quizzes and a final essay as well.
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Starts Starts: 9/9/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 10/14/2021 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Become scripturally literate and learn how to enjoy your Bible as you read and discuss the Old and New Testaments, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life! Learn how God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus.

NOTES:
Students do NOT need to have taken Living Scripture, Parts One through Four. This course will pick up with where we left off in the Bible at the end of Living Scripture Four, but students are welcome to join the course in any given semester, as we slowly work our way through the entire Bible!

Sign up for Part Six in the Spring.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Sept. 13 to Dec. 13, 2021 (No class Nov. 1 for All Saint’s Day and Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving Break)

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific),

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite:
None.

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.

Suggested credit: 1 full semester Theology or Scripture

Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $217 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome.

The aim of this course is to remedy the Scriptural illiteracy of the average Catholic, even the average devout Catholic. We will read and discuss various sections of the Bible throughout the Semester, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life in us and to reveal to us how everything in God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus.

Peter Kreeft says that you don’t read the Bible the Bible reads you. He also says that the Bible is “God’s love letter to us.” In this course, we will learn to read that “love letter” from God and we will end up being moved by it.

Course outline: We will read five readings from Scripture daily, including selections from:

  1. An Old Testament Historical book - beginning in Exodus

  2. A Psalm

  3. An Old Testament Wisdom or Prophetic book - beginning with Sirach

  4. A New Testament Epistle or non-Gospel reading - beginning with Ephesians

  5. A Gospel

Mr. O’Brien will post a brief daily video lecture commenting on one of more of that day’s readings. We will then, during our live Monday gatherings, discuss the readings that made the biggest impression on us throughout the previous week.

Course materials: The Holy Bible, any translation, but we will especially focus on the variety of translations and interlinear versions available online.

Homework: Five rather short daily readings from Scripture, plus a daily video of five to ten minutes to watch and comment upon. Plan on about an hour a day.

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Starts Starts: 9/13/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Explore some of the greatest speeches and orators of all time and learn how a good argument is developed, structured, and spoken so that you can appreciate and analyze good verbal rhetoric to come up with your own short speeches that are engaging, entertaining, and effective.

Total classes:
12
Class dates: Mondays from Sept. 13 to Dec. 13, 2021 (No class Nov. 1 for All Saint’s Day and Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving Break)
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes per class
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester credit Speech or Communications
Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $217 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: Effective communications and good public speaking begins with an understanding of rhetoric, including how a good argument is developed, how a good speech is structured, and how spoken communication differs from written communication. In this course, we will examine the greatest speeches of the greatest orators in history, analyzing what they wrote and (when audio or video of their speeches exist) their style of delivery. While Speech and Communications is essential to success in the business world, it is also essential for understanding and presenting arguments in support of the Catholic Faith, or even for persuading others of anything that's important to you. The goal of this course, then, is twofold: to learn to appreciate and analyze good verbal rhetoric and to apply what we've learned to come up with our own short speeches that are engaging, entertaining, and effective.
Course outline (week by week):
1. Introduction and Overview
2. The Great Orators of Greece and Rome
3. Public Speeches as Recounted in Scripture - The Prophets of the Old Testament and the Apostles of the New Testament
4. The Rhetorical Structure and Dramatic Effect of Speeches in Shakespeare (selections from Julius Caesar, Henry V, and Macbeth)
5. Religious Persuasion through the Ages - The Sermon on the Mount, Jonathan Edwards and the Puritans, Bishop Fulton Sheen
6. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
7. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
8. Great Political Speeches of the 18th and 19th Centuries - Patrick Henry, Jefferson, Wilbeforce, Lincoln
9. Great Political Speeches of the 20th Century Part II - JFK, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan
10. The Use of Humor and Oratory for American Pop Culture - Mark Twain, Will Rogers, etc.
11. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
12. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
Course materials: All materials will be provided by the instructor in the form of PDF files and free eBooks videos and audio recordings of speeches will be reviewed during class time.
Homework: Weekly reading. Each student will be required to write two short speeches (no longer than five minutes each), with outlines to be approved by the instructor at least two weeks before the speech is presented in class. About two hours of homework per week.


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Starts Starts: 9/13/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Learn all seven books of Narnia over the school year! Using the well-known classic series, join in to learn the symbolism, Christian themes, and dramatic storytelling that makes this series loved by so many across the world. Part One of Two.

NOTES: This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to also sign up for Part Two in the spring semester. 

A high school version of this course is also available on Thursdays, 11:30 AM Eastern.

Total classes: 12 

Class dates: Mondays, Sept. 13 to Dec. 13, 2021 (No class Nov. 1 for All Saint’s Day and Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving Week.)

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class 

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade.

Suggested credit: One full semester Literature or English

Fee: $177 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: The Chronicles of Narnia is a masterpiece of Christian children’s literature. We will read all seven books in the series over a two semester period, discovering the Christian themes and examining character development and symbolism. This will be an exciting class with fun reading that will strengthen your faith!

Course outline: 

  1. Introduction

  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Chapters 1-4

  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Chapters 5-8

  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Chapters 9-12

  5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Chapters 13-17

  6. Prince Caspian - Chapters 1-5

  7. Prince Caspian - Chapters 6-10

  8. Prince Caspian - Chapters 11-15

  9. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Chapters 1-4

  10. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Chapters 5-8

  11. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Chapters 9-12

  12. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Chapters 13-16


Course materials: The Chronicles of Narnia, any edition.

Homework: Four to five chapters of each book will be read per week and discussed in class the following week. There will be weekly auto-graded quizzes for immediate feedback and to make sure students are keeping up with the reading. The reading should take no more than two hours per week.


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Starts Starts: 9/13/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2021 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Become a “mystery master” as we read together some of the greatest mysteries of all time, including Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and more! For high school students.

Total classes:
9

Class dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 9, 2021.

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1 semester Literature or English

Fee: $147 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $167 after July 15 for all 9 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: In this course, students will strive to become “mystery masters”! We will read some of the greatest mystery stories of all time, including tales of detectives such as Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and others. Plus, mini-mysteries will be read and solved in several class sessions.

Course outline:

  1. Introduction and Mini-Mysteries

  2. Edgar Allan Poe

  3. Sherlock Holmes

  4. Father Brown

  5. Literary Criticism and Murder Mysteries

  6. The Hard Boiled Detective

  7. Nancy Drew

  8. Agatha Christie

  9. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater


Course materials: Public domain mysteries will be provided FREE by the instructor.

Homework: Auto-graded quizzes and a Final Exam. Plan on about two to three hours of homework, mostly reading, per week.

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Starts Starts: 9/14/2021 2:30 PM
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Become a “mystery master” as we read together some of the greatest mysteries of all time, including Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and more! For middle school students.

Total classes: 9

Class dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 9, 2021 

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: 1 semester Literature or English

Fee: $137 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $157 after July 15 for all 9 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: In this course, students will strive to become “mystery masters”!  We will read some of the greatest mystery stories of all time, including tales of detectives such as Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and others.  Plus, mini-mysteries will be read and solved in several class sessions.  

Course outline:

  1. Introduction and Mini-Mysteries

  2. Edgar Allan Poe

  3. Sherlock Holmes

  4. Father Brown

  5. Literary Criticism and Murder Mysteries

  6. The Hard Boiled Detective

  7. Nancy Drew

  8. Agatha Christie

  9. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Course materials: Public domain mysteries will be provided FREE by the instructor as PDF files.

Homework: Auto-graded quizzes plus a Final Exam. Plan on about two or three hours of homework, mostly reading, per week.


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Starts Starts: 9/14/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 11/9/2021 4:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 9
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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