D. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
Teaching in a “classroom setting” and taking notes.
Slide presentations as a function of lecture/teaching will also be included at different times throughout the course presentations.
Online audio and video access will also present materials for course use and outside the course reference and review.
The course is not designed to burden the student (and the family) with “busy work.” Each student will learn how to take notes effectively (that too is part of learning process generated in the course). Quizzes on the notes will be given frequently, necessitating homework study.
Course quizzes will be emailed or put up for parent online access as well and administered by parents. All grading done by the Academy. (We may use “schoology” site ONLY for quizzes/testing and announcements…TBA)
There will be several exams sent home to be administered by parents. All grading is done by the Academy.
Since this course doubles as a Bible course as well, students will learn from reading in their Bibles about events and persons, especially in the Old Testament.
Special articles and materials will be given throughout the course, in addition to the note-taking and is expected reading for each student. In this way, students are given college and university preparation to the degree possible at the high school level.
Unfortunately, so many Christian textbooks in this field prove to be little more than secularized histories, punctuated by biblical citations added therein. But the evaluation of the historical material all too often proves to be something deficient in its defense and use of Scripture. Therefore no textbook is required for this course. However the student will have an abundance of materials to weigh and consider. All materials will be sent home giving parents the opportunity to openly peruse the materials. If a textbook for “ancient history” has already been purchased, that CAN be used as reference material and even useful for assignments by the instructor (the class size makes this possible). However, the note taking and class work will be sufficient.
The Bible will be used as a Textbook. Impress is made upon the student of the powerful place the Bible has in the hands of professional and scholarly presentations.E
E. COURSE OBJECTIVES (general but comprehensive)
8. Objective 1: Above all else, to show the student the Majesty of the Triune God and His Son Jesus Christ, demonstrating the absolute accuracy of the Inspired biblical record embedded throughout the whole course of the rise and fall of nations of the ancient world, thus giving witness to a real call for students to weigh carefully and consider the case for a strong Faith in Jesus Christ.
9. Objective 2: To teach the student how to focus in their listening skills and how to take accurate, concise notes. (This is a preparatory skill for both listening and focusing attention while learning how to organize. This is an invaluable scope of college and future work skills.)
10. Objective 3: To give the student a clear understanding that there was a pre-Flood civilization with extensive evidence drawn from historical (above ground) archaeology and underwater/marine archaeology, ancient literary sources, ancient language studies and the witness from various sciences.
11. Objective 4: To give the student a firm grasp of the historic progress of nations beginning at Creation and the Garden of Eden, the antediluvian world (pre-Flood), and the Table of Nations as foundational to the rise of the world after the biblical Flood.
12. Objective 5: To give to the student a firm grasp of the progress of nations foundational to the history of nations as a whole, and especially the nations/societies which were foundational to the rise of Western Civilization. This history includes the study and the evidence for the ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord of history, Jesus Christ.
13. Objective 6: To give to the student a thorough understanding of the fact that history, as a discipline, is fulfilled – not as a random series of events – but in conformity to the work of the Living, Triune God.
14. Objective 7: To get to the student a clear understanding that history goes far beyond “kings and battles, battles and kings” but also includes the study of the culture carriers: The arts, music, literature, law and government, medicine, languages, trade and business, money and finance, family life, religion (true and false)… all as evaluated from God’s Word.
15. Objective 8: Throughout the course, as we study the different civilizations, we will examine the ways in which prominent historians show their biases, prejudices and engage in the use of fallacy in the presentation of their materials. We will also show how history is drawn successfully from sound foundational interpretive disciplines. “Interpretation” becomes an objective study, as opposed to the current approach of the modern world which abandoned interpretive certitude for a world of pure relativism, humanism and even mysticism.
16. Objective 9: For those parents who want this also is a Bible course: Due to the extraordinary amount of biblical citations with their historic description/use, this course can also be used as a Bible course and credit can be given on that basis as well.
17. Objective 10: Students will learn to use their Bibles in learning history, study various biographies, and applying God’s holy precepts to real-life situations.
F. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS
1. Teaching and studies concerning the Antediluvian world (pre-Flood world) and the evidences thereof (evidences for much of what is given us in Genesis 1 – 10).
2. Teaching studies concerning the extraordinary Table of Nations (Genesis 10), a record unmatched by any record of the ancient world.
“The tenth chapter of Genesis ... stands absolutely alone in ancient literature, without a remote parallel, even among the Greeks, where we find the closest approach to a distribution of peoples in genealogical framework ... The Table of Nations remains an astonishing accurate document. - Dr. William F. Albright, considered by most scholars as the greatest archeologist of all time; citation from “Recent Discoveries in Bible Lands” quoted by Boice, p.402). Dr. William Albright made those statements early on in his career when he was yet young and agnostic. He became increasingly conservative over the many decades of his career finally arrived at the conclusion that upheld the integrity and accuracy of the Bible.
3. Special studies all throughout the course showing God’s direct involvement in history: thus, for example, evidences and history surrounding Creation, worldwide Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah (the five cities of the plains), the history and evidences for the “10 Plagues upon Egypt” (papyri and history), the sudden disappearance of the Egyptian Army in the Red Sea KNOWN to surrounding nations, the entrance of Israel into Palestine.
4. The nations of the Ancient Near East including Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Philistines, Syrians, Israel, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Medo-Persia
5. The powerful impact of such individuals as Saul, David the great King, the renowned Solomonic rule and its impact upon the nations.
6. We will see all throughout the course the powerful contrast between the renowned Prophets of ancient Israel (and how well they were known to the surrounding nations) and the other falsified religions exposed by the Prophets of the Old Testament (There is a surprising upsurge in respect increasingly among even secular historians who have found that the Prophets of the Old Testament were well-known, well-respected (or feared) throughout the ancient world, leaving the indelible print of their message upon the world of ancient societies outside Israel!)
7. The rise of the Hellenistic (Greek) societies and culture.
8. The rise of the Roman Monarchy, Republic, and Empire with its culture.
9. The inter-Testament era tracing the origin of such groups as the Hellenists, Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, Herodians, Maccabeans, and others.
10. We will study ancient myths surrounding false religions exposed by the Prophets of old (for example, Baalism). We will show how dangerous were these false religions AND THEIR OCCULT practices (condemned by the Prophets of the Bible) in comparison to TODAY’S FASCINATION among our youth with themes found in Hollywood, music, television and other media. We are planning on having an expert musician speak to that particular issue later in the course.
11. We will study the world of the slave, the soldier, the merchant, pagan priesthoods (contrasted with God’s Levitical priesthood), Greek philosophers, scientists in the ancient world, nobility, and others.
12. We will also study trade in the ancient world and the role of the great cities: Jerusalem, Rome, Athens, Sparta, Thebes, Babylon, Nineveh, Damascus, Alexandria, Pompeii and others.
13. We will also study the so-called “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” and compare it with what we know of the fabulous reign of Solomon and his extraordinary Temple.
14. We will close the course of the study of the Ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the monumental historic evidences for them. If there is time, we will study the rise of the first century church in the missions of the Apostles particularly that of Paul the Apostle and how the ancient world change radically as a result of the gentle, yet powerful influence of the Christian Faith.
G. TEXT BOOK(S) AND REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES
5. The Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments
6. Textbook: None, although textbooks already acquired by parents can be given special attention for reference reading. (To be discussed later.)
7. Supplies and/or tools: Spiral notebook or three (or more) ring binder for taking notes, Pen (blue or black pen ink only), no pencil.
8. In lieu of notebook, a laptop computer can be used for note taking. Notes, whether handwritten or computer generated will be turned in for grading. In other words, make sure you can print them out if you are using a computer to take notes.
I. GRADING PLAN
7. There will be grades given, both in percentile and letter grade formats, which each parent may convert to the grading scale used in their home school. The letter grade will be given by the instructor, reflecting our grading scale. However, individual home schools are hereby given full freedom to apply percentiles they use for the conversion to letter grades in their own school.
8. Course components:
a. Component 1: Several tests (about once per month) Take home to be proctored by parent or someone chosen by parent (Class time doesn’t allow for test time in class).
b. Component 2: Daily quizzes which account for homework preparation (Knowing their notes and reading also taken at home due to class time constraints).
c. Component 3: Participation in class
d. Component 4: Notebook graded twice/once per quarter, each as a test grade.
e. Component 5: Attendance
f. Component 6: Final exam
9. Difficult-to-quantify issues such as effort, improvement, and participation will be considered and included in grading.
10. Students at the lower levels of Grades 7- 9 are graded on a different scale of difficulty. Over the years we have had many younger students who have done very well despite the high level of the course! We credit that to the fact that many home schools are able to put their children ahead of their years in maturity. Nonetheless, younger students will be graded on a different scale.
H. POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
To be announced (TBA)
I. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
3. Building evacuation procedures: TBA
4. Contact information for parents to be provided by each student.
This ministry (“Academy”) and its coursework is provided under the authority of Reformation Hope Church. This church uses the lower level of the Reformation Lutheran Church (not affiliated):
915 Adelman, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045
K. CONTACT INFORMATION AND COST
Please feel free to call us 262-675-0669 Or use the Contact Form Below
Classes are FREE to all who attend.