Key of Liberty
Prerequisite: at least 12 years old This class will be taught by Jenny Baker in 2017-2018
Content: Revolutionary War Period
The purpose of all LEMI classes is to help students gain the scholar skills of how to write like an author, read like a lawyer, speak like an orator, think like a philosopher, and compute like a mathematician. Key of Liberty is the beginning of this journey.
Key of Liberty is split into two semesters. In the first semester we work on our scholar skills using Early American History as our subject matter. The students learn how to express their opinions by writing a series of nine opinion papers. They learn how to study difficult documents in our document studies, how to give a fantastic presentation in class, how to read good informative classics and, probably the most challenging and rewarding of them all, memorize the Declaration of Independence. By the end of the first semester the students have gained a love and respect for the founders of their country and have discovered that, just like their founders, they can do hard things.
In the second semester, we delve into Post Revolutionary War and study the document that holds this country together, The Constitution of the United States of America. We study its contents, the process of the American government, and how the new ideas of our founders changed the world. We continue to write papers, read books, and give presentations. In this semester students also learn the skill of test taking by completing three challenging quizzes on the Constitution. By the end of this semester, the students have learned what they can do to increase and keep safe the freedom their founders secured for them.
At the completion of both semesters we hope to have inspired the students with a love of learning and the confidence that with a foundation of knowledge, like their great founding fathers, they can change the world.
Vision: I see the connection between education and greatness.
Mission: I have a personal call to greatness. I can take a stand for freedom.
Abilities: Self-governance, sovereignty, study hours, concentration span, duty to country
Skills: I am finding voice through: writing, speaking, oral persuasion, analytical thinking, memorization
Books: where to order
Semester One Books:
- Key of Liberty Student Manual
- The Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang (students should begin reading before classes begin, discussion will be held the 2nd week of classes)
- The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
- John Adams: The Reluctant Patriot by Leonard Falkner
- The Making of George Washington by William H. Wilbur
Semester Two Books:
- The Freedom Factor by Gerald Lund
- The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz
- Fifty-Five Fathers by Selma R. Williams
- The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson
- The Law by Fredrick Bastiat
Cost: $155.00 per semester This is a two-semester class.
This price does not include a key or ribbons which can be provided by parents as an incentive. Details will be given in class.
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