In Dialectic 1, students start putting all of their dedication to memorization in Grammar to work as they start to reason out truth. History will return to creation and follow the path of civilization up through the fall of Rome. In composition, the focus will shift from foundational rules to the development of content in writing. With Junior Physics, the students will understand the concepts of physics as displayed in our orderly universe. And in Latin, the students will continue with Wheelock’s Latin, taking part in the NLE in the Spring.
Areas of Study
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 and 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 and gain an appreciation for the marvelous inventions and 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 and 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.
Beginning with creation and 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 and contrast various cultures. Students read literature recounting historical events & legends to bring these ancient civilizations to life.
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 and 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.