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TPS History and Literature Go Together Like Bacon and Eggs!

TPS History and Literature – better together!

Some things just go better together, like peanut butter and jelly, or bacon and anything (because bacon goes with everything these days). History and Literature share a long relationship as the core “Humanities” and it is impossible to study one effectively without the other. This is why TPS offers a series of combined History and Literature courses from elementary through upper high school.

In the words of one of our students:

“The fact that the information you learn throughout the year is used simultaneously is ridiculously helpful! Rather than balancing two separate schedules or working through separate texts, this course gives you a single schedule for both history and English as well as streamlining the workload by utilizing your in-class texts for both classes.” Trent E (student)

Elementary and Early Middle School

Elementary Humanities: History and Literature of the Ancient World

Elementary Humanities: History and Literature of the United States

Elementary Humanities: History and Literature of Asia and the Middle East

These courses are designed to go great with Writing Fundamentals 5 and Writing Fundamentals 6 (and Elementary Grammar), for a complete History and English (Language Arts) package for the late elementary or early middle school student.

What students say about the Elementary Humanities series…

“This course really teaches a lot! This remarkable class taught me about important people, kingdoms and empires. We also learned a lot of new vocabulary! The class gave me a full picture of life in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Sometimes, we even played review games to go over our last unit! People might say history is boring, but in reality it can be fun.” Benjamin W (student)

“I thought this class was… AMAZING!!” Chloe Y (student)

High School

American History, Literature and Composition (Honors)

Bible World History, Literature and Composition (Honors) (coming 2021-22)

Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation History, Literature and Composition (Honors)

Modern History, Literature and Composition (Honors)

These courses have the writing instruction baked in (or fried in, if you’re still thinking about bacon), so each course is a full History plus a full English (Language Arts) course, worth two high school credits. Also note that the Ancient course is the most advanced, because when Ancient Literature is taught faithfully it actually has the more advanced and difficult content.

What students say about the high school History + Literature + Composition series…

“This course shed a whole new light on History and English for me. Rather than just throwing out a bunch of names, dates, and facts for rote memorization, this class focused on truly understanding the history and the reasons behind the history. As we traced important events and movements throughout the years, we discovered how each event connected with the others and the causes and effects of these events. At the end of the school year I found myself amazed at how perfectly everything we learned fit together. We were able to trace the historical and cultural developments in literature and see the connections between the two. Rather than just knowing that the history happened, we actually studied and discussed it and truly learned to understand it. Additionally, this course matured my writing in ways I never suspected. We learned to go beyond the basic five paragraph essay and explored new and deeper methods and styles of writing. This class taught me in a fun, engaging, and effective way, and was truly one of my favorite TPS experiences.” Olivia B (student)

“From the first class, I knew that I chose the right course. I loved the class environment and how much student participation there was. It was engaging and very interesting. Also, I enjoyed the literature and history texts that we read. I learned so much from the feedback and comments, and through that process I have become a much better writer.” Gabriela Z (student)

“This course is a great way to get both English and History. Yes, there may be two classes per week, but the homework is less than what it would be if you took English and History separately. And the teachers are AMAZING.” Isaak J (student)

High School Dual College Credit

Provided in partnership with Belhaven University, High Scholars is a Western Civilization humanities curriculum offered exclusively by TPS. This classical program integrates study of history, literature, composition, and art appreciation (with AP Art History option) — a two-year “Great Books” curriculum which provides a total of 6 high school credits and 24 college credits. It emphasizes discussion and dialogue over memorization of information, and the efficient integration of content allows for a lower workload than if similar courses were taken individually. Each year is taught in four live classes per week. The program does not require any prior classical humanities background and is taught at an academic level that welcomes students who are ready for TPS English 4/5 (grade 10 and up) but who prefer an integrated classical approach to humanities.

Belhaven High Scholars (24 Literature, History and Composition college credits)

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