Dialectic 1 and Dialectic 2 Course Descriptions


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    for the coming academic year.

    All courses are part of a package and must be taken together.

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    2020 -2021 Tuition: $2450


Dialectic 1 2020-2021


  • Science – Jr. Physics

    Continuing with the God’s Design Series, students explore different forms of energy including mechanical, electricity, magnetism, heat, and properties of light using the textbooks Heat & Energy, Machines & Motion. Frequently, in class experiments & demonstrations help students to grasp the concepts of physics and the way our universe is ordered. Through their assignments, students will recognize the many applications of physics in our everyday lives & gain an appreciation for the marvelous inventions & innovations that harness the power of physics. Building on the Scientific Method begun in previous years, students will be encouraged to enter the AHSG Science Fair.

    Composition & Grammar

    Building on the foundation of prior years, students at the Dialectic level shift their focus to the content & development of their writing. Different types of writing assignments allow them to continue to mature in their ability to express their ideas in a logical fashion while challenging them to increase the complexity of their compositions.Integrating the grammar concepts of the Dialectic level while cementing the foundation of basic knowledge will be accomplished through assignments in Write Source Book 7. Literature reading provides additional sources for composition assignments while enriching the student’s understanding of their history studies.

    History

    Beginning with creation & ending with the fall of Rome, students examine world history chronologically adding to the framework begun in the Grammar years. Students explore civilizations by labeling maps & learning key vocabulary enabling them to compare & contrast various cultures. Students read literature recounting historical events & legends to bring these ancient civilizations to life.  

    Latin – Wheelock’s Level 2

    Students build on their previous year’s study by working through the next 10 chapters of Wheelock’s Latin.Using note sheets written at a Dialectic 1 level, students are guided through basic & complex Latin concepts by translating sentences from Latin into English as well as from English to Latin. Review of vocabulary as well as lesson concepts are integrated in these translations. For use at home, parents are loaned an answer key enabling them to guide their student through translation exercises assigned as homework. Participation in the National Latin Exam during the spring is a goal of this year.

Dialectic 2 2020-2021


  • Logic

    In an effort to love God “with all our minds” the study of logic will train students to reason well. Students will discover and identify patterns or rules by which we are able to reason. This year’s study of logic includes a combination of Informal Logic & Formal Logic as they both relate to the structure of an argument. Under Informal Logic we begin with the study of terms & statements. We move from there into the area of Formal Logic & cover both categorical & propositional logic found in deductive reasoning. With this concrete system of discovering & identifying the patterns taught in logic, students will continue a smooth transition into the area of abstract critical thinking in the dialectic stage of the trivium.

    Composition & Grammar

    Building on the foundation of prior years, students at the Dialectic level shift their focus to the content & development of their writing. Different types of writing assignments allow them to continue to mature in their ability to express their ideas in a logical fashion while challenging them to increase the complexity of their compositions. Integrating the grammar concepts of the Dialectic level while cementing the foundation of basic knowledge will be accomplished through assignments in Write Source Book 7. Literature reading provides additional sources for composition assignments while enriching the student’s understanding of their history studies.

    History - Combined with Dialectic 1 for 2020-21

    Beginning with creation & ending with the fall of Rome, students examine world history chronologically adding to the framework begun in the Grammar years. Students explore civilizations by labeling maps & learning key vocabulary enabling them to compare & contrast various cultures. Students read literature recounting historical events & legends to bring these ancient civilizations to life.    

    Latin – Wheelock’s Level 3

    Students come to their final year of Latin & work through the next 9 chapters of Wheelock’s Latin.  Using note sheets written at a Dialectic 2 level, students are guided through basic & complex Latin concepts by translating sentences from Latin into English as well as from English to Latin. Review of vocabulary as well as lesson concepts are integrated in these translations. For use at home, parents are loaned an answer key enabling them to guide their student through translation exercises assigned as homework. Participation in the National Latin Exam during the spring is a goal of this year.