Dialectic 1 and Dialectic 2 Course Descriptions
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2019 -2020 Service Fee $2375
Dialectic 1 2019-2020
Science – Jr. Physics
Continuing with the God’s Design Series, students explore electricity, magnetism, properties of light & forms of energy as well as simple machines using Heat & Energy, Machines & Motion. In class demonstrations & experiments help students to grasp the more abstract concepts of physics. 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 1. Literature reading provides additional sources for composition assignments while enriching the student’s understanding of their history studies.
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 2019-2020
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 outlining, summarizing & analysis skills begun in Dialectic 1, students will read grade level editions of significant literary works relevant to the Medieval era. These include Beowulf and Henry Vas well as biography of Augustine among others. Using the essays in Omnibus II,students will begin learning to follow themes in literature, determine motives of characters, & learn to incorporate supporting evidence into their essays. Using Write Source Grade 8, students further refine & hone their grammar skills while incorporating these concepts into their compositions.
Beginning with the Early Church & concluding with the Reformation, students discover the impact of Christianity on the cultures & kingdoms of the European continent transforming that region from a multi-cultural battle zone to a beacon of education & civilization. Through in-class discussions, character studies, mini-art projects, & presentations students gain an appreciation for the complexity of life in the Middle Ages, the factors that laid the seeds for the Reformation, and the beauty of the Renaissance.
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.