introduction-to-the-ancient-worldIntroduction to the Ancient World

Welcome to the Ancient World! Join us as we climb ziggurats, explore pyramids, and debate Greek philosophers, all from the comfort of your living room. In this class, we will explore the ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. We will also ask some big questions: Why did people come together to make civilizations? What did those civilizations look like? What did ancient peoples believe about the world? How were they like us, and how were they different?

We will study to uncover what life was like for the average man, woman, or child, and we will also learn about the lives and ideas of the most famous - Homer, Julius Caesar, Plato, Alexander the Great, Moses, Aristotle, St. Paul, Xerxes, Themistocles, Solon, Virgil, and so many more.

The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation for understanding the ancient world, thereby giving them a framework for future studies. The ideas and themes touched upon in this course will assist students in gaining a broader appreciation and understanding of the cultures that laid the foundation for the western world. An emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking and writing skills as well as learning the basic geography of the regions covered in the course. Mapwork and excerpts from primary source material will be used frequently! (Primary source materials will be provided by the instructor.)

In class we will:
- listen as Mrs. Smith guides the class through the historical period
- ask lots of questions and dive down the paths of historical inquiry
- read primary source historical documents together
- discuss and debate as we ponder the big questions of the ancient world.
- immerse ourselves in an ancient society by role playing people in that society and trying to see the world through their eyes.

- Weekly reading assignments (20-30 minutes per day) with short-answer reading questions or quizzes to check for comprehension
- One historical fiction novel each semester - The Golden Goblet (Fall Semester) and The Eagle of the Ninth (Spring Semester)
- 2 Papers per semester, one creative and one analytical- assignments will vary in length (from 1 to 3 pages) and topic, depending on the experience/age of the student. Mrs. Smith will help students craft their papers with multiple, small, manageable steps. Each draft will receive personalized feedback from Mrs. Smith. 
- For students who want to go deeper, or for parents who are hoping to pair this class with complementary literature, Mrs. Smith has a great book list to draw from!

-In-class reading quizzes 
-Class participation
-Short Papers
-Tests - tests will include multiple choice, short answer, and a short essay question.
- Extra credit art assignments
- Extra credit drama project

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.


Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Sarah Smith, B.A.
Age Level:  11 - 14 years
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Minimum Enrollment:
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Tuition per Semester: $270

Class Meets: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific

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Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Sarah Smith, B.A.

Sarah Smith attended Hillsdale College where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History. After college, she spent a year as a floating teacher in a Boston area charter school where she discovered a love for teaching middle and high school students. For the next several years she taught at Bradford Christian Academy in Haverhill, MA., while also teaching classes for homeschool students online. When her second son was born in 2018, she paused her teaching career and stayed home full time. Since then, she has enjoyed writing curriculum for a non-profit, leading a M.O.P.S. group, and coordinating her church nursery. She is so excited to be back in the classroom again, especially with CRLC! Sarah's favorite pastimes are reading, researching, baking, and traveling. Her favorite historical person is Alfred the Great, but if she had to pick a historical friend she would pick Dorothy Sayers. Sarah lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Michael, and their three little boys. Unfortunately, they have no pets.



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The Ancient Egyptian World 


The Ancient Greek World


The Ancient Roman World


The Golden Goblet
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The Eagle of the Ninth 
This text is also available at most libraries


Primary Source texts will be provided by the instructor.