High School History
Cultural Geography 9th grade
Following the theme of a Grand Tour, your student “travels” from continent to continent around the world, studying the cultures, land forms, climates resources, economy, religions and government of each country. This course will combine all the varied elements of geography with a strong biblical philosophy. The student will learn how physical geography affects the political and economic features of countries and the way of life of their peoples. As stewards of the resources God has provided, the student will develop a new appreciation for the wonders of God’s creation and the responsibilities that go with it. Student will learn different methods of note-taking such as Cornell, Outlining, Mapping and more. Student will also complete a research paper on a country of their choice. The focus will be on the process of how to research and write a research paper which can be a valuable tool for future high school and college classes.
Satisfactory completion of this course will give one Social Studies credit or an Elective credit. An Honors credit is available with additional requirements.
Cultural Geography will be offered every year with a minimum of 5 students and is recommended for 9th grade.
Textbook: Cultural Geography (3rd Edition)
Cultural Geography Activity Manual (3rd Edition)
Publisher: BJU Press
All summer work is due on the first day of class in August 2013.
- Read Chapter 1 of Cultural Geography textbook
- Complete Chapter 1, Activity 2 & 3 of Cultural Geography Activity Manual
- Read Chapter 2 of Cultural Geography textbook
- Complete Chapter 2, Activity 1 & 4 of Cultural Geography Activity Manual
For an honors credit, students are encouraged to read Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne and complete the Total Language Plus Guide. If additional work is required by your accountability group, please contact Mrs. Robidoux at email@example.com.
World History 10th or 11th grade
Exploring World History by Ray Notgrass allows your student to understand history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word; learn about events, issues, and people from around the world and across the centuries; read the words of people who made history through original documents and speeches, short stories, hymns, and poetry.
Successful completion of this course will give one Social Studies credit. An Honors Credit is available with additional requirements. Recommended for 10th or 11th grade.
Textbooks:Your Bible and Exploring World History Curriculum by Ray Notgrass (Vol 1. & Vol 2 and In Their Words are required. The Quiz/Exam Pak and the suggested Literature are not required for this course at Excelsior Academy.)
Publisher: Notgrass Company
Summer Assignment: Read Units 1-4 including the Bible Study Question (yes, answer the question!) and Grammar Point at the end of each lesson ( disregard the “Reading” ). Registered students will receive and complete a survey (1st quiz grade) to be submitted to Mrs. Pender at Excelsior Academy Orientation. Registered students will also receive and complete a written assignment due on the 1st day of class.
American History 10th or 11th grade (will be offered 2013-2014)
The student will learn about events and issues from European exploration to the war on terror, with extensive coverage of the twentieth century. Each of the 30 weekly units has an introduction that features a summary of the material covered, a list of lessons, books required for that unit, and suggested writing assignments. Each of the 150 daily lessons (five lessons per week) includes the history text and the reading assignments for that day (and those in progress). Satisfactory completion of this course will give one US History credit. Will be offered with a minimum of 5 students.
We strongly recommend taking both the American Literature and American History components simultaneously to maximize learning.
Textbook: Exploring America, two volumes for history; you do NOT need the third book, American Voices
US Government and Economics
Students will spend the fall semester studying US Government. Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course that provides a half-year credit in government. Lessons cover Federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Exploring Government will educate, inspire, and sometimes to warn you concerning the governments of the United States, the individual states, and our local communities. As we understand the background, basis, and operation of American government on all levels, we are better equipped to remain prayerful, thoughtful, and involved with regard to government.
We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE all Government students to participate in Teen Pact Four Day Class, which will take place during the month of March. Please click HERE to find out more about Teen Pact. All homework for Teen Pact will be incorporated into the Government class so that students will be ready to participate. Government students will be able to take advantage of a group discount for the class which should make the Teen Pact Four Day Class about $175 per student (there may be an additional discount for siblings). We will be registering as a group in September.
During the spring, the class will move to Economics. Exploring Economics is a one-semester high school course that helps students understand economic terms and issues that have an impact on the United States and its citizens. Written from a perspective of faith in God and trust in His Word, Exploring Economics surveys Biblical teachings on money and finance, provides an overview of the economic history of the United States, gives a clear explanation of terms and concepts used in economics, discusses economic issues confronting us today, and puts our participation in the national and world economies on a personal level. In a time when economic activity is challenging classic definitions, Exploring Economics reasserts the importance of the free market system and enables students to take part in the economy with knowledge and faith.
Honors credit is available.
Texbooks: Exploring Government and Exploring Economics