World Revolutions & A Journey through Middle Earth
World Revolutions: The Age of Exploration and the American and Industrial Revolutions
Norse Mythology, Beowulf, & The Lord of the Rings
Humanities & Good Books Program for 7th – 9th Grades — Literature + Writing + History + Logic + Oratory
The middle-school years (7th-9th; 9th graders can enroll in the middle school or high school program.) are those years of beautiful transition from childhood to young adulthood. The Paideia Academics Middle School liberal arts program offers a foundational and engaging course of study which supports this transition and prepares students for the great books’ course of study in the 9th-12th grade program. Content, skills, and ideas increase in depth and breadth as they take their journey of becoming independent and self-aware truth-seekers.
Middle school literature is a good books style class, which focuses on preparing students for a Great Books course of study in high school. We do this through a two-year literature cycle that centers around the quest motif and shows students how different works of literature “talk to each other.” Students will enjoy an epic adventure with hobbits, monsters, and orcs this year as we read the Lord of the Rings and Beowulf. Activities include an introduction to close reading, reading aloud, projects, literature discussions, commonplacing, and an introduction to annotating.
In history, students will study the people, events, and stories about our world’s revolutions. Specifically, students will focus on the age of exploration, colonialism, and the industrial and American revolutions. Students will begin to learn how to see cause-and-effect relationships in history and learn how to study History from different vantage points. We will explore how decisions, curiosity, ideas, and revolutions affect the people, communities, and culture around them. History in Middle School includes working through biographies, living history books, selected speeches, primary documents, related poems and art, class discussion/debates, narrations (written and oral), map work, timelines, and other history-related activities.
In logic and writing, students study advanced narrations, the four primary forms of the essay, the progymnasmata, and logic through language study. The content of their writing is, primarily, whatever they are studying in history and literature. The middle school program shows students the vital connection between writing and reading and builds their skill set for various writing projects.
In Oratory, students learn how to become intimate with short writing selections, get an empathetic sense of the piece, memorize it, and perform it in a way that embodies the truth of the piece. Students practice this with selections from literature, speeches, plays, and poems and perform their selections at various times throughout the year.
- Norse & Anglo Saxon Mythology (Provided by Teacher)
- The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel
- Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, by Marc Aronson
- John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise, by Marc Aronson
- The Real Revolution: The Global Story of American Independence, by Marc Aronson
- The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, Folgers Edition
- Chronicle & Verse: Language Arts for Intermediate Students, Student book by Cottage Press Publishing (Text for all aspects of language arts, including logic) (Link to Text)
- Sentence Sense: A Diagramming and Parsing Handbook, by Cottage Press Publishing (Link to Text)
- Selected fine art, music, speeches, poems, essays, and primary documents (Provided by Teacher)
Tuition & Logistics
Who: 7th-9th-grade students. (9th graders can enroll in either the middle school or high school program, depending on their skill level.)
When: Monday-Thursday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm ET (10:30am-11:30am PT; 6:30pm-7:30pm GT)
Calendar: 33-weeks, August 22, 2022 – May 26, 2023; Parent Orientation: Thursday, August 18th, 2022, 8:00pm.
– Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 5th, 2022
– Fall Break: October 10th – 14th, 2022
– Thanksgiving Break: November 21st – 25th, 2022
– Nativity/New Years Break: December 19th, 2022 – January 9th, 2023
– Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: January 16th, 2023
– Winter Break: Monday, February 20th – Friday, February 24th, 2023
– Easter/Pascha Break: April 3rd – April 14th, 2023
Where: Zoom for Live Classes & Canvas for our Virtual Classroom
Teacher: Mrs. Deanna Martin & Ms. Jennifer-Ruth Dow
- 4 hours of Live Classes (Instruction, Discussion, and Community) Weekly (1hr daily, M-Th)
- All classes are recorded and available in the virtual classroom.
- All assignments, materials, and class correspondence are available in the virtual classroom.
- All syllabi, assignments, projects, teaching, and assessment are governed by the teacher.
- End of Year Report and course descriptions made available at the end of the year for each student
Total Middle School Classes
2. World History, World Revolutions & Exploration
3. Language Logic
Tuition: $1547 (Five Classes, One Program, One Price)
Pay all at once, by the semester, or in 10 monthly installments.
Seats Available: 16
Middle School FAQ
What is a Good/Great Books style humanities program?
A Good/Great Books style humanities program means the ideas and the literature lead. Practically, this means more time will be spent on coaching writing and reading skills in the context of reading literature and history. Whenever possible, the class will seek to see the common thread of ideas woven through both history and the literature and respond to these ideas with writing, discussion, and other projects or activities.
Does my Middle School student need their own books?
Yes, especially the literature books and a student planner. Students may be asked to take notes in their books or highlight various passages. They need their own copies of books so they can do these things.
Does my student need to take additional literature, history, and writing courses?
We ask that you not sign your student up for additional core classes in these areas. In our experience, extra courses in these areas tax a student unnecessarily. We provide several quality suggestions if you want to give your student some independent or family work to fill out the experience. Simply reach out to your child’s teacher.
Can you tell me more about PFHC’s approach to writing?
Writing is a skill that takes years to develop. We know that our students are on the path to excellent writing if they move along the milestones that lead to excellent writing. Charlotte Mason thoroughly understood these milestones and laid out practice for leading our children in developing writing skills. This practice is called narration. Narration is the art and science of composing our thoughts, first in our minds, then in our spoken words, and finally in our written words. Narration allows the student to really know something rather than simply know about it. The idea and practice of narration take a student through this process seamlessly. Karen Glass’s book Know & Tell: The Art of Narration gives a structure and path to walk on this journey of learning to write well. Not only does she give a grand understanding of the art of narration, but she also outlines how to teach and assess writing as our students move through the writing milestones.
Students at Paideia Academics Online Academy will receive consistent and developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment in the art, practice, and particulars of writing, grammar, and logic from 7st -12th grades. We use Karen Glass’s book as our primary guide to structuring our writing program in 7th – 9th grades and the Cottage Press Curricula. In addition, 1st-8th grade students will receive grammar instruction as is appropriate for each grade level.
What books and supplies will my child need for PFHC?
You can find the projected booklist above. However, this is subject to change. Finalized and complete book/supply lists will be provided to all enrolled families by the end of July.
What do parents need to teach at home?
- Foreign Language
- Any additional electives that are important to the student and family.
As much as possible, a liberal arts course of study should include living books on related topics, be integrated into the above studies, and offer opportunities for oral narrations in response to readings.