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Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI, Germany's Last Offensive 1917

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! In 1917 the Allied powers of France and Great Britain were at the breaking point. Exhausted by the previous year's horrifyingly deadly battles of Verdun and the Somme, French units mutinied and refused orders to attack. The Imperial German army, immediately after defeating Tsarist Russia, was poised to gather all its resources for one final desperate attack. They had to end the war before millions of American reinforcements could make it to the front lines, or all was lost. This quarter covers this, the final German Summer Offensive of 1917.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, 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. Topics in this Series: WWI, Germany's Summer Offensive (Quarter 1); WWI, America's Arrival (Quarter 2): WWII, D-Day (Quarter 3); and WWII, The Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Dig It! Early Archaeology: Paleolithic to Mesopotamian

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Archeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. In this class, students will explore key time periods and look at the archeological evidence that tells us what was going on in different civilizations: what people ate, what they wore, who they worshipped, the art they created, the houses that they lived in, the wars they fought, and even what pets lived alongside them! This archeological tour will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity: Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories and participate in class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences that are designed to help young people understand the creation and conservation of artifacts.

First quarter will examine paleolithic and neolithic archaeology and answer the questions, "What sticks around for 15,000 years?" and, "How do we know if a group was nomadic or settled?" Next, the class will consider the origins of writing and what makes the differences between history and prehistory. Students will look at how the written word evolved through Chinese letters, Cuneiform, and Mayan hieroglyphs. Finally, the group will journey to ancient Mesopotamia to look at the archeological evidence that demonstrates how the first complex societies formed and why irrigation was so important. Example activities in this class include making brushes and mixing natural pigment to create a wall painting; using a stylus to write cuneiform letters in clay, and acting out scenes from the Tale of Gilgamesh.

Topics in this Series: Early Archaeology: Paleolithic to Mesopotamian (Quarter 1); Bronze Age Archaeology: Egypt, Anatolia, Myceneans (Quarter 2); Classical Archaeology: Greece & Rome (Quarter 3); and Forensic Archaeology: Piecing Together History (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Beowulf & the Vikings

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Learn about the fiercest warrior prince of the Viking age! Beowulf and followers were the most elite monster hunters ever to have a saga written about them! From diving into the depths of the ocean to slay sea monsters, to Hrothgar's hall, where Beowulf fought the monster Grendel unarmed. The story of Beowulf is a dungeon-crawling Viking epic for the ages, and serves as the roots for the modern fantasy genre. It is a Norse Odyssey, and here be monsters!

Each student will create an individual diorama of a scene from Beowulf's epic. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch 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 heroes and monsters, then combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger terrain. Students will then compete in history-based survival strategy games. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and mythology 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.

Topics in this Series: Beowulf & the Vikings (Quarter 1); King Arthur & the Saxons (Quarter 2); Song of Roland & the Franks (Quarter 3), and Saladin & the Norman Conquest & Crusades (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Hands on History: Ancient Peoples- The Stone Age

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Discover life in the Stone Age in this vibrant hands-on history class! Travel back in time nearly 2 million years to learn about the world's early humans, including how they settled the continents, what dangers and challenges they faced, what they ate, and how they found shelter. Students will make cave art paintings, a model of a mammoth bone shelter, a replica Stone Age statuette, chipped flint spear heads, and a sabre-tooth necklace as they learn about life in the Stone Age! The class will examine artifacts found in the archaeological digs of sites from the period in order to discover what cultural traditions and beliefs formed the basis for later human societies.

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! Topics in this Series: Stone Age (Quarter 1); Native North Americans (Quarter 2); The Mayans and Aztecs (Quarter 3); and the Incas (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Modeling Renaissance Conquests: Barbarossa, aka Pirate Redbeard (1544)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Europe in the 16th century was a mess. Using plundered loot from the Americas, the Spanish Empire dominated the military and politics of the "Old World" and installed their Hapsburg dynasty as rulers of united Spain and Germany. Sandwiched in the middle of this mega-empire was the Kingdom of France, which continued to struggle for the last part of Europe up for grabs- Italy. While the French army could compete with the Empire's, its navy could not, and France was forced to turn to help from the Ottoman Empire. The French would be rescued by the Admiral Hayrettin Barbarossa, the Red Bearded Corsair, a man the Spanish considered to be a pirate!

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10 X 16 diorama board of a Renaissance Italian battlefield, 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.

Topics in this Series: Barbarossa aka Pirate Redbeard, Europe, 16th century (Quarter 1); Suleiman the Magnificent, Europe, 16th century (Quarter 2); Pirates of the New World, 17th century (Quarter 3); and Ivan the Terrible Russia, 16th century (4th quarter). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Psychology Sampler: My Brain

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Brain Anatomy 101! Let's learn about some key players in your brain like the mail carrier (Hippocampus), the palace guard (Amygdala), and the Brooklyn Bridge (Corpus Callosum). Do you know which side of your brain is responsible for facial recognition (right) and memory retrieval (right again!)? Learn about some brain chemicals that make you say "Uh-Oh" (cortisol), "Yikes!" (Adrenaline), "Ahhh..." (Serotonin) and "Yahoo!" (Dopamine). Finally we'll learn about some famous psychologists like Broca and Wernicke and read summaries of the research they did. The class will review exceprts of cases like Phineas Gage and the Split Brain to see how early understanding of brain anatomy was shaped.

Psychology Sampler is a great introduction to psychology and will have a hands-on, fun vibe which will allow students to access these challenge ideas in simple ways. Middle school students who enjoy Psychology Sampler may want to consider taking the high school Instroduction to Psychology at the AP or Honors level in 2020-21. Topics in this Series: My Brain (Quarter 1); How I Learn (Quarter 2). Me, Myself & Others (Quarterr 3), and When Brains are Wired Differently (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $136.00

3D History: Naval Battles of WWII

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top seas, deploy dozens of miniature ships and planes... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

The Second World War was a titanic struggle across the entire planet, but our planet is 71% water which means that the fight happened there too! No real empire could hope to dominate the world without also controlling the seas, using massive steel castles with the largest guns ever made, in concert with airplanes hunting targets from hundreds of miles away and deadly submarines beneath the waves. This class will use scale warships to re-enact the key naval battles of WWII as they happened, scouting vast trackless ocean to find the enemy fleet before they find you! In doing so we will learn about the technology and economic drivers that allowed different nations? navies to operate and how that affected the war?s outcome from the immense shipyards of America to the submarine pens of Nazi occupied Europe.

Topics in this Series: Naval Battles of WWII (Semester 1) and The Forgotten Fronts (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $310.00

3D History: Naval Battles of WWII

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top seas, deploy dozens of miniature ships and planes... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

The Second World War was a titanic struggle across the entire planet, but our planet is 71% water which means that the fight happened there too! No real empire could hope to dominate the world without also controlling the seas, using massive steel castles with the largest guns ever made, in concert with airplanes hunting targets from hundreds of miles away and deadly submarines beneath the waves. This class will use scale warships to re-enact the key naval battles of WWII as they happened, scouting vast trackless ocean to find the enemy fleet before they find you! In doing so we will learn about the technology and economic drivers that allowed different nations? navies to operate and how that affected the war?s outcome from the immense shipyards of America to the submarine pens of Nazi occupied Europe.

Topics in this Series: Naval Battles of WWII (Semester 1) and The Forgotten Fronts (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $310.00

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment- Trials of Ancient Greece

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This class will explore the judicial processes of the ancient world, starting with Ancient Greece. Students will learn how justice was carried out in a time before codified written legal systems, prisons, lawyers, or even formal judges existed and where the facts of your case depended entirely on how well your rhetoric could convince hundreds of your fellow citizens that would serve on a jury. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves, but will be expected to do so as an Ancient Greek citizen would have, through open debate. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be expected to debate from the perspective of both citizen and non-citizen residents of an ancient Polis. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions.

Topics in this Series: Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

Civics Critic: Sizing Up Citizenship

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Civics Critics will explore specific queries related to Citizenship through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine three big questions: What Types of Citizens Does a Democracy Need? How Can Citizens Peacefully Change a Nation? And How Patriotic is Protest?

Civics Critic is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of the key issues in American Government using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays.

Topics in this Series: Sizing Up Citizenship (Semester 1), Exploring Elections (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Assessments: The instructor will assign completion points for homework assignments, % correct for quizzes/tests, and both quantitative and qualitative feedback on written papers for the parent's use in assigning a grade. Textbook: None. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of class copies is included in the course fee. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Civics or American Government for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $272.00

Comparative World Religions

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why is Easter, the most holy celebration of Christianity, named for an ancient European goddess? Why do Sufi dervishes "whirl?" Why do some people shave their hair, while others refuse to cut it, both in order to please God? How have nations, including the United States, been shaped by religion? Are all religions just different ways of saying the same thing, or do they have real differences as well as similarities? If you are curious about the history of religion and the beliefs and practices of different religions around the world, including those of your neighbors here in Northern Virginia, you will enjoy studying Comparative World Religions.

This course will examine the Eastern faiths of Hinduism and Buddhism and the western, Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. What a rare opportunity! For most of human history, in nearly every society, neither religious diversity nor tolerance existed. Discussions about comparative religion were simply not possible. Only recently -- and still in just some parts of the world -- have we been able to enjoy calm, fruitful, and respectful conversations about religion that are not "catechism" (a term that means instruction in a particular faith). Those kinds of conversations are what students can expect in our study of comparative religion. This class will look at how and why religion plays such an important role in the lives of many ordinary people. Understanding our neighbors' belief systems and assumptions, even if we do not share them, can help everyone get along in a pluralistic world. Classes will include discussion, role play, and presentations. Once each quarter, the class will have a guest speaker to learn more about the values, beliefs, and practices of world religions.

Topics in this Series: Comparative World Religions (Semester 1) and World History in the Making: Current Events & Courageous People (Semester 2) Workload: Students should expect to spend 2 hours outside of class each week to complete readings, watch videos, and sometimes create a brief written assignment or artwork. For those interested in covering more, there will be additional, optional material suggested by the instructor. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student s progress and workload. Assessments: Points are assigned for class submissions and tests, and parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $296.00

Psychology: Case Studies in Neuropsychology and Cognition

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

How does the brain make decisions? How does brain damage in different areas present itself? How do people develop superstitions? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

This class will introduce students to the study of Neuropsychology and Cognition. Neuropsychologists study how psychological processes relate to the brain's structures and systems. Learn how your brain organizes sensory information to create your perceptions of the world and how this affects your body and your behavior. Students will investigate neurons, parts of the brain, and how split-brain surgery affects individuals.

Students will read, discuss, and analyze eight influential case studies that have shaped the way we think about the brain and how we learn. They will hear the story of Phineas P. Gage and how he changed after a devasting accident. They will also read about John Watson's notorious experiment with Little Albert, which demonstrated how emotions could be a product of the environment. Landmark studies conducted by renowned psychologists like Gazzaniga, Rosenzweig, Pavlov, Skinner and more will be at the core of this class, leading to ongoing, thought provoking and intellectually stimulating discussions and debates. Students will learn how to read research, evaluate theories, and think critically about how these studies apply to the world around them.

Students who took Psychology (AP, Honors, or On-Level) in 2018-19 can take this course for further study in the field. Cases will not be repeated from the full year course. Students who are new to psychology can use the Case Studies courses as an introduction to the field and to explore their interest in taking the AP Psychology course at Compass in 2020-2021!

Topics in this Series: Neuropsychology and Cognition (Semester 1) and Human Development and Abnormal Psychology (Semester 2)Workload: Students should expect to spend 2 hours per week outside of class on readings. Students will be expected to prepare for weekly discussions by reading the selected case study and answering questions. Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students can access assignments and upload homework. Extension assignments may include watching a short video clip, creating discussion questions, or suggesting a follow-up study. Assessments: The instructor will assign points for class participation and homework that the parents can use in assigning a grade. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of class copies is included in the course fee. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $299.00

Spy Games RPG, The History of Espionage: America's First Spies

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This class will re-enact the great unseen intelligence battles of early American history, from Washington's spies to Lincoln and Jefferson Davis's, using RPGs (role playing games similar to Dungeons and Dragons) custom designed by the instructor.

Real spying is less James Bond and more Sherlock Holmes. You follow clues and codes to lead you to secrets your enemies wish you didn?t know. Every country has secrets, and those must be defended, because knowing is half the battle. Students will be expected to learn about and practice code breaking, and try to encode messages to pass to their colleagues. Success will bring great advantage, failure could mean capture and death! We will examine the lives and techniques of real historical spies, adopt their methods and replicate them for ourselves, pitting one half of the class against the other using modified versions of the Pathfinder story-driven role playing system. Once you?ve uncovered the enemy?s secrets, we will attempt to make use of this stolen information and learn just how much power there is in knowledge.

Topics in this Series: American Espionage, from the Revolution to the Civil War (Semester 1) and Modern American Spying, WWII through the Cold War (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $281.00

History Investigators: Westward Expansion in America

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites: None

History Investigators will examine formative periods in American History through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine three big questions: Westward Expansion: Was It A Time of Development or Disaster? Manifest Destiny: Was It For God or For Greed? Was the Unites States Justified in Going to War With Mexico?

History Investigators is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of most significant events in ancient history using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays.

Topics in this Series: Westward Expansion in America (Semester 1) and Industrialization, The Gilded Age, & The Progressive Era in America (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Assessments: The instructor will assign completion points for homework assignments, % correct for quizzes/tests, and both quantitative and qualitative feedback on written papers for the parent's use in assigning a grade. Textbook: None. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of class copies is included in the course fee. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in American History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $272.00

The History of WWI: From Balkan Crisis to Stalemate of the Trenches

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 145 min

Instructor: Hugh Gardner

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school American history courses. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to American History incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in American history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who").
First semester will cover the background and events leading up to the "Great War." The class will examine the events of 1914 and the beginning of hostilities across the European continent. As the course unfolds, students will learn about the new weapons, technology, and tactics introduced on a large scale in the "war to end all wars." The class will study actions on the Western Front and how trenches warfare led to a stalemate between the Allies and the Central Powers. The class will discuss the effects on the political, social, and economic climate as well as influences on the arts, science, literature, religion, and warfare. This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a collaborative and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation.
This class meets for 2.5 hours, one time per week on Wednesdays. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours outside of class each week completing assigned reading. For those families who want to investigate the course themes at a deeper level, an optional reading list will be furnished.
Topics in this Series: WWI: From Balkan Crisis to Stalemate of the Trenches (Semester 1), WWI: From World at War to a Precarious Peace (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of classon assigned readings. Assignments: are given in class and e-mailed to parents and students. Assessments: Students will be given a short weekly quiz on an index card that will be graded in class and sent home each week for the parent's use in assigning a grade. Textbook: Prior to the start of class, students should purchase two books:A Military Atlas of the First World War by Arthur Banks (softcover: ISBN# 978-0850527919 or hardcover: ISBN# 978-0850525632) and The Western Front Companion: The Complete Guide to How the Armies Fought for Four Devastating Years, 1914-1918 by Mark Adkin (ISBN# 978-0811713160). Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count two semesters of this course as a full credit in American or World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $329.00

Modern World History (AP, Honors, or On-Level)

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This year-long, full credit, multilevel high school course offers an in-depth look at how the world we know came together between 1200 CE to today.

Long before jet travel and trans-Atlantic shipping, portions of the globe were much more connected than some realize. By the early 1200s, Persian historian Juvayni claimed that any unguarded traveler might walk safely from Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe - as long as an army unit of the massive Mongol Empire was posted nearby. The Silk Roads connected Moscow and Tibet, while a vibrant Indian Ocean trade circulated goods, people, and animals among China, Indonesia, and India, with linkages to East African coastal cities and the Arab world. In 200 more years, Muslim Admiral Zheng He would command China's gigantic treasure fleet.

Except for a brief visit to Canada by Leif Ericson's volatile family around 1000 CE, it seems the rest of the Old World remained ignorant of the land mass stretching from the Arctic Circle to the volcanic Tierra del Fuego until the end of the 1400s. Here, precursors to the Incan and Aztec empires built impressive city-states, while farther north, Cahokia's pyramids and Mesa Verde's cliffside apartments boomed, and the Iroquois League united five great nations. Millions of people had no knowledge of the world in the opposite hemisphere. At 1200 CE, when this course begins, two halves of the world had not yet collided - but would soon!

We will use the tools and perspectives of historians to see how this collision happened and what built the world we now know. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources, develop arguments, and make comparisons. They will apply reason to understand context, causation, and continuity and change over time. World history has it all! Five themes from the AP course curriculum will be covered to make connections among historical developments at different times and places: (1) interaction between humans and the environment; (2) development and interaction of cultures; (3) state building, expansion, and conflict; (4) creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and (4) development and transformation of social structures.

Levels:This course is offered at three levels, On-Level, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP). They have different workloads, but meet together. AP level students will work at a university freshman level and have the potential to earn college credit or placement through the spring 2020 AP exam. AP students must be prepared to start class two weeks earlier, with online homework due in mid- and late August. Honors students will have assignments that engage higher-level analysis and historical thinking skills. On-level students will use the same primary textbook, but will have less homework. Schedule: There are two weekly meetings: (1) Friday in-person for all class members; and (2) Monday online (time to be announced). The latter is required for AP students, but open to all interested, and recorded for those who cannot attend live. For Honors and On-Level students, this is a 28-week course which follows the Compass calendar but ends two weeks early due to the timing of the AP exam on May 14. AP students have the equivalent of 31 weeks, as they begin two weeks before the regular Compass start date and will have an additional session for a mock exam. Workload: Honors and On-Level students should plan on 4-5 hours each week outside class meetings for reading and homework. AP students typically need 6 hours (or more, depending on reading speed). All levels use materials written at a college level, but the amount and type of homework varies. This allows students to enjoy active discussions with your peers, an advantage of live, in-person meetings.Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments; upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests; track grades; message instructor and classmates. Assessments: Points are assigned for class submissions and tests, and parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site. Textbook: Registered students will receive an e-mail with the required textbook(s) over the summer. Registration. All students will register online for the same course. Students must designate their intent to take the On-Level, Honors, or AP version by emailing Compass before August 4. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from AP to honors, or from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level.
AP Fees: There is an additional tuition fee of $150 for students who are approved to take the AP level of this course because of the additional instructional time. Those families will receive a separate invoice for this amount before the start of classes. The fee is not refundable if the student decides mid-year to change to honors or on-level work. The fee to take the College Board's AP Modern World History exam in May 2020 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam. AP Approval: Students who have taken a prior course with this instructor can seek approval for the AP level through a conversation or e-mail with her. For any student new to the instructor, a short questionnaire and brief written assignment about a sample textbook chapter are needed to get approval for the AP level. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a a full credit in World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $895.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI, America's Arrival

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Dig It! Bronze Age Archaeology: Egypt, Anatolia, Myceneans

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Archeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. In this class, students will explore key time periods and look at the archeological evidence that tells us what was going on in different civilizations: what people ate, what they wore, who they worshipped, the art they created, the houses that they lived in, the wars they fought, and even what pets lived alongside them! This archeological tour will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity: Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories and participate in class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences that are designed to help young people understand the creation and conservation of artifacts.

Second quarter will enlighten the Bronze age through archeology. The class will look at Egyptian archaeology and discover why it is so hard to dig in Egypt? They will uncover the meaning of the Sphinx and the purpose of the pyramids. Students will meet the Minoans and the Myceneans and find out where they were so influential in...international trade! Finally, students will find out where ancient Anatolia was and learn who the Hittites, Hatti, and Hurrians were and why Anatolia was so important. Example activities in this class include making a cartouche with your name in hieroglyphs and crafting your own seal as a Hittite king or queen.

Topics in this Series: Early Archaeology: Paleolithic to Mesopotamian (Quarter 1); Bronze Age Archaeology: Egypt, Anatolia, Myceneans (Quarter 2); Classical Archaeology: Greece & Rome (Quarter 3); and Forensic Archaeology: Piecing Together History (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Dynamic Dioramas: King Arthur & the Saxons

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Hands on History: Ancient Peoples- Native North Americans

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Modeling Renaissance Conquests: Suleiman the Magnificent (16th century)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Psychology Sampler: How I Learn

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $136.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII, D-Day

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Dig It! Classical Archaeology: Greece & Rome

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Song of Roland & the Franks

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Hands on History: Ancient Peoples- The Mayans and Aztecs

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Modeling Renaissance Conquests: Pirates of the New World (17th century)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Psychology Sampler: Me, Myself & Others

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII, The Battle of the Bulge

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Dig It! Forensic Archaeology: Piecing Together History

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Saladin & Norman Conquest

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Hands on History: Ancient Peoples- The Incas

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Modeling Renaissance Conquests: Ivan the Terrible Russia (16th century)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Psychology Sampler: When Brains Are Wired Differently

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

COMING SOON

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

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