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It s the Law! Introduction to Law and the U.S. Legal System (3 day seminar)

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on October 22, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 240 min

Instructor: Fred Lederer (William & Mary)

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Prerequisites:

It's the Law! is a highly interactive seminar that introduces high school students to the US legal system. This is a key topic in American Government for any homeschooled teen. The seminar is presented by William & Mary Law School Chancellor Professor of Law Fred Lederer who also serves as the Director of William & Mary s Center for Legal and Court Technology. This seminar was the core component of William & Mary Law School s introductory week for new law students for 26 years. It is mandatory for current W&M Public Policy masters degree students. This fall, Professor Lederer will bring his creative, thought-provoking seminar to homeschooled students in northern Virginia!

Law is not a simple topic. Determining what a legal rule is requires considering the meaning of a constitutional provision, statute, or regulation in the context of court decisions interpreting that provision. This seminar provides students with the means to both understand and apply this procedure. In doing so, it covers many Virginia SOL requirements for high school US Government.

The seminar has three parts:

In Part One, students will be able to answer, What is Law? after a series of team challenges and engaging exercises centered around an unexpected new settlement in a made-up land where there are no laws and no lawyers. Using Socratic dialog, Professor Lederer will guide students through creation of a new legal system for their fledgling colony. Students will have to define and refine the laws of their new land when its system is put to the test in a series of imaginary crimes. By the end of the entertaining Part One, students will understand what law is, how it works, and the function of courts in making and interpreting law.

In Part Two, students will learn how to read and deeply analyze a series of old New York court cases to better understand how law is made by courts in the real world. This challenging exercise will require students to read and evaluate six court cases in preparation for class. At the end of the classroom discussion of these cases, students will be treated as new lawyers and given a legal problem to solve for the last session using their new knowledge and skills. Students will be asked to write a short memorandum of law, similar to that done by law students.

In Part Three, the group will review the assigned case so students can better understand how lawyers and judges answer legal questions. The emphasis will be on the process and understanding that legal problems often do not have a single solution. By the end of the seminar, students will be able to understand that statements like, That s the law are simplistic and usually misleading. Students will be well prepared to understand contemporary legal events and to better comprehend the importance of law in American society.

This seminar meets on three Monday afternoons: October 22, October 29, and November 12 from 11:00 am 3:00 pm at Compass in Oakton. The text for the class is provided by the instructor and loaned for the 3-part program.

12 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $499.00

Battle Strategy & Dioramas: Revolutionary War, Battle of Yorktown

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

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Students will learn the basic history of the Revolutionary War, with a focus on the Siege of Yorktown and British Surrender. Facing the might of the most powerful empire in the world, George Washington and our French allies led the insurgent Americans to final victory and independence at this battle in Virginia.

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 12" X 18" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle.

Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Revolutionary War, Battles of Lexington and Concord (1st quarter), Revolutionary War, Yorktown (2nd quarter), Civil War, Gettysburg (3rd quarter), and Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

Dynamic Dioramas: The Iliad and The Odyssey

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

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The Iliad and Odyssey were originally epic poems that survived for generations until being written down by the first great author, Homer. The Iliad tells the legend of the Trojan War, the most beautiful woman in the world, jealous gods and the immortal deeds of Achilles. The Odyssey recounts the ten-year epic voyage home from the war of Odysseus, the King of Ithaca. Often referred to as Clever Odysseus, he would use his wits and cunning to overcome beasts of myth, and even a goddess!

Each student will create an individual diorama of the ancient city of Troy, or scene from the Odyssey. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 12" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a historical tabletop warfare or role-playing game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, literature, warfare, and politics of the time.

Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules, and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include Sumerian Settlement (1st quarter), Ancient Greece, The Iliad & Odyssey (2nd quarter), Roman Republic, Hannibal & The Punic Wars (3rd quarter), and Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

Get to Know Government: You Have the (The Bill of) Rights!

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jen DesRoches

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Can the government take your house to expand a road? Do radicals have the right to hold a rally? Are you protected from hearing things that offend you? The Bill of Rights can be one of the most exciting aspects of studying the Constitution because the concept of rights and rules are very applicable to students' everyday lives. In this class, students will use both current events and historical debates to learn about the rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The group will debate situations in which rights might be violated.

Using an inquiry-based approach, middle school students will be given leading questions to investigate details of the Constitution s first Ten Amendments. Find out what powers and rights are actually listed in the Bill of Rights and why it was such an important addition in the fight to ratify the full US Constitution. Students will discover the process to amend, or change, the Constitution. Students will collaborate to craft their own class Bill of Rights. What will be the 28th Amendment- will it be one you created? Future topics in this year s series: You Have the (Bill of) Rights! (second quarter); Three Branches (third quarter); and State/Local (fourth quarter).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Hands on History: Island Nations- Indonesia

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Discover the island culture of ancient Indonesia and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of Indonesia (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make Topeng masks, Damararkurung lanterns, shadow puppets, soap carvings, and fried rice as they learn about life in historic Indonesia! The class will sample the oral traditions and literature of the period through read-alouds of fables and folklore. Students will also learn how the cultural traditions of ancient Indonesia continue to endure today.

Students will be excited by history when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of historical connections and integrated concepts rather than memorizing dates and disconnected facts! There is a $15.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Japan (first quarter), Indonesia (second quarter), Polynesia (third quarter), and Australia (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

Modeling the Great Conquests: Alexander Nevsky, Russia s Hero

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

The most famous Prince of the East you've never heard of, until now! Alexander Nevsky would save the city of Novgorod not only from Mongol Conquest, but from the brutal Crusader order of the German Teutonic Knights. The Order would bring Christianity to pagan Lithuania, or it would bring death. The dark deeds of these German invaders, and heroic resistance of the proto-Russian state would inspire their descendants to similar feats 500 years later in the Second World War.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 12" X 18" diorama board, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

Course documents, such as period maps, game rules, and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Genghis Khan (1st quarter), Alexander Nevsky, Russia's Hero (2nd quarter), Edward the Black Prince & Henry V, The 100 Years War (3rd quarter), and French King Charles VIII, The Italian Wars (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

Where in the World? Geography Destinations

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christine Keen

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Geography is our window into understanding the world around us. It helps us make sense of history and economics, peoples and culture, politics and current events. The focus of this class will be a blend of physical and human geography. We'll explore national parks, the world's biggest cities, famous buildings, and even our junk mail. Each week will feature a variety of hands-on activities, games, and at-home projects designed to enrich students understanding of both U.S. and world geography. This class will help prepare students for the National Geographic Bee and, more importantly, give them the geographic knowledge to be more informed citizens of their world.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

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