Rhetoric Stage: (Wisdom; Grades 9-12)

The Rhetoric Stage is the stage at which self-motivated learners are able to express themselves with ever increasing depth, clarity and originality. The student is able to engage not only in analysis of complex information, but is able to synthesize such analysis with other data and information and clearly express in both written and oral form the implications of their understanding. The student engages in in-depth reasoning as he looks at facts and data now accumulated over a twelve year career with us. Critical evaluation and graceful self-expression is the fruit of this final stage. Advanced mathematical, scientific, and language skills are complimented by a rich appreciation of literature and poetry. In possession of “the tools of learning” and broadly cognizant of the human experience as reflected in the various disciplines of the liberal arts, the student is able to take responsibility of his own learning as he continues to advance through his college career, and beyond.

RHETORICDeveloping WisdomAsking “Why”
Cognitive Taxonomy SynthesisEvaluation
DescriptionCreating something new by putting parts of different ideas together to make a whole.Judging the value of material or methods as they might be applied in a particular situation; judging with the use of definite criteria.
Thinking SkillsBlend, build, change, combine, compile, compose, conceive, create, design, formulate, generate, hypothesize, plan, predict, produce, reorder, revise, tell, and write.Accept, appraise, arbitrate, argue, articulate, assess, award, choose, conclude, criticize, defend, evaluate, grade, judge, prioritize, recommend, referee, reject, select, support.
Grades9th

Ancient Period
(5000 BC- 400 AD)

10th

Ancient/Medieval Period
(400 AD-1600)

11th

Renaissance-Early Modern Period (1600-1850)

12th

Modern Period (1850-Present)

AssessmentsPSATPSATPSAT/SATSAT/ACT/AP
Evaluation ToolsStudent PortfoliosStudent PortfoliosStudent PortfoliosStudent Portfolios/Senior Thesis
History

History and Literature (below) are taught in one Humanities block class. (4 yrs)

Humanities 1: World History (1 credit)

The Greeks: An Illustrated History (National Geographic)

Ancient Rome (Zoch)

Course Reader of Shorter Historical Documents

 

Humanities II: Western Civilization (1 credit)

Civilization of the Middle Ages (Cantor)

Chronicles (Froissart)

Course Reader of Shorter Historical Documents

Humanities III: European History (.5 crd)

Humanities III: Amer. Gov. Honors (.5 crd)

Treatise on Government ( Locke)

The Origins of the American Constitution (Kammen)

A Short History of the French Revolution (Doyle)

The Reformation (Chadwick)

Course Reader of Shorter Historical Documents

Humanities IV: American History (1 credit)

Course Reader of Shorter Historical Documents

Literature

All Literature is in the translated original

Shorter Poetry by each period’s major poets to be included with the following longer works: list is illustrative, not definitive or complete. Select passages and poems to be memorized.

(4 yrs)

Humanities 1: English Honors I (1 credit)

The Odyssey (Homer)

Ten Plays (Euripides)

Oresteia (Aeschylus)

Aeneid (Virgil)

Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)

Oedipus Rex/Antigone (Sophocles)

Course Reader of Shorter Literary, Poetic and Philosophical Works

Humanities II: English Honors II (1 credit)

Beowulf

The Song of Roland

The Inferno (Dante)

Treatise on Law (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Macbeth (Shakespeare)

Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare)

Joan of Arc (Twain)

Course Reader of Shorter Literary, Poetic and Philosophical Works

Humanities III: English Honors III (1 credit)

Hamlet (Shakespeare)

Frankenstein (Shelley)

A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)

Huckleberry Finn (Twain)

Great Short Works of Herman Melville (Melville)

Meditations (Descartes)

The Social Contract (Rousseau)

Course Reader of Shorter Literary Poetic and Philosophical Works

Humanities IV: English Honors IV (1 credit)

Great American Short Stories (various)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)

The Tempest (Shakespeare)

The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque)

 

Course Reader of Shorter Literary, Poetic and Philosophical Works

Classical Studies

(1 yrs)

Logic (.3 credit)

Logic I (Cothran)

Composition (.2 credit)

Economics (.5 credit)

Principles of  Economics (Bernanke)

Theology

(4 yrs)

Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) used in each course

The Creed (1 credit)

Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Dei Verbum (Vatican II)

Redemptor Hominis (Pope John Paul II)

Theology for Beginners (Sheed)

Novo Millenio Inuente (Pope John Paul II)

Dominus Iesus (Pope John Paul II)

The Creed (Hahn)

Christology/Ecclesiology/Sacraments (1 credit)

Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Redemptor Hominis (Pope John Paul II)

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Vatican II)

The Great Divorce (Lewis)

The Spirit of the Liturgy (Pope Benedict XVI)

Moral Theology (1 credit)

Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Mere Christianity (Lewis)

Morality the Catholic View (Pinckaers)

Veritatis Splendor, Spe Salvi, Deus Carita Est (Pope John Paul II)

Theology of the Body for Teens (DVD)

11th Grade Theology Reader

The Screwtape Letters (Lewis)

Spiritual Theology and Apologetics (1 credit)

Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

 

Catholic Apologetics (Alexander)

The Way, Friends of God (Escriva)

The Confessions (St. Augustine)

Libertas (Pope Leo XIII)

Dignitatis Humanae (Paul VI)

Various lives of the saints and selected spiritual classics

Mathematics

(4 yrs)

Geometry (1 credit)

Geometry (Larson et al.)

Algebra II (1 credit)

Algebra II (Larson)

 

Pre-Calculus (1 credit)

Algebra II (Larson)

Pre-Calculus (Demana, Waites, et al.)

Calculus I Honors (1 credit)

Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Anton et al.)

 

 

Analysis of Functions (1 credit)

Algebra II (Larson)

Calculus II (1 credit)

Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Anton et al.)

 

Calculus II Honors (1 credit)

Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Anton et al.)

 

Statistics (1 credit)

The Practice of Statistics (Starnes et al.)

 

Statistics Honors (1 credit)

The Practice of Statistics (Starnes et al.)

Science

(4 yrs)

Biology (1 credit)

Modern Biology (Holt)

Chemistry (1 credit)

Introduction to Chemistry (Zumdahl et al.)

Advanced Scientific Topics (.5 credit)

 

Faith, Science & Reason (Baglow)

 

Anatomy & Physiology (.5 credit)

Anatomy & Physiology (Scanlon et al.)

Physics (1 credit)

Essentials of Physics (Cutnell et al.)

 

Physics Honors (1 credit)

Essentials of Physics (Cutnell et al.)

Latin (2 yrs) Additional Language (2 yrs) Latin (1 credit)

Wheelock’s Latin (LaFleur)

Latin (1 credit)

Wheelock’s Latin (LaFleur)

Modern or Classical Language (1 credit)

Spanish I, Puntos De Partida

Latin IV, Wheelock’s Latin (LaFleur)

Modern or Classical Language (1 credit)

Spanish II, Puntos De Partida

Advanced Latin, various documents

Fine Art/Physical Education/ElectivePE (0.5 credit)Fine Arts Appreciation (0.5 credit)

PE (0.5 credit)

Shakespeare Literary Course (.3 credits)

Shakespeare in Performance (.3 credits)

Studio Art I (.3 credits)

Studio Art II (.3 credits)

Shakespeare Literary Course (.3 credits)

Shakespeare in Performance (.3 credits)

Studio Art I (.3 credits)

Studio Art II (.3 credits)

 

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