History Through Art, Music, and Invention
This is a European and North American history course with the interesting parts (discussions, videos, projects) included and the uninteresting parts (exams, essays) removed. The time frame of the course is the Classical world of the Greeks and Romans to the modern world. The teacher provides instruction covering the broad strokes of the Classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Revolutionary/Romantic period, the Modern period (early 20th century), and the world since 1950, giving attention to the artistic, technological, and social elements of those eras. Students will view videos, including the entire series How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer, to provide students a biblical worldview of the arc of Western History. Students will choose, create, and present projects from the historical units. Projects will be evaluated based on student effort and demonstrated learning, not necessarily on the success or expertise of the final product. Projects by prior students have included paintings, stained glass pieces, musical instruments, music and dance performances, pottery, sewed clothing, embroidered pieces, chain mail, videos (live actors, puppets, clay figures, Lego figures), poetry and music, self-authored stories, trebuchets, 3D models, and many more creative options. Enjoy learning history!
Note: On a TPS transcript this course lists for credit as an Academic Elective.