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Blue Ridge Teaching Cooperative 2009-2010 Class Summary

BLUE RIDGE TEACHING COOPERATIVE
2009-2010 Class Summary

The following are course offerings for the calendar school year 2009-2010. Fall Semester begins August 25th (BRTC follows the Appalachian State University academic calendar). Location of BRTC is at CrossPoint Community Church. In order to sign up for classes with the BRTC, parents and students are required to read and sign the BRTC Guidelines (available for download on the HCCHS website under “Classes for Homeschoolers”). Please read these guidelines before committing to any classes. All courses require a $50 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot. This deposit will apply to the fall semester course fee and is paid directly to the teacher.

 


HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE COURSES

 

Course 1: Biology
Course Description: This is a college-prep course that provides detailed introduction into the scientific methods and concepts of general biology. Hands- on experience will be emphasized through lab and group activities. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles will be considered in the presentation of topics. Since there is an emphasis on the vocabulary of biology, memory techniques and note taking skills will be introduced and practiced. The course of study will include five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology and genetics, dissection, ecosystems, and the theory of evolution vs. other theories. (Human Anatomy and Physiology is not covered in this course of study).

Schedule of study includes weekly reading and lab write ups. There will be a short lecture and then lab work or group activity. Special speakers or field trips will be scheduled. The course of study is for two semesters.

Prerequisite: None.

Materials Needed: Exploring Creation with Biology, Dr. Jay L. Wile (1st edition, unless we are not able to get it for all students)

Day/Time Offered: Wed/ 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Frank & Catherine Barry home (1/2 mile from Mast General Store in Valle Crucis)

Instructor: Catherine Barry

Background of Instructor: Catherine Barry studied biology in undergraduate school at Virginia Tech. She continued her studies in the allied health field of Occupational Therapy at the Medical College of Georgia. Upon graduation, she worked in physical rehabilitation and orthopedic hand therapy. She has taught biology for three years with BRTC and home schooled for 19 years. Her desire is to instill a love and enthusiasm for our Creator through the study of life.

Contact information: Email:catherinembarry@gmail.com. Home Ph: 297-3604.

Cost: $200 per semester plus a one time fee for materials/lab fee of $60.00* (dissection kits and specimens, lab supplies, copy fee) *If you have a dissection kit (dissection tools and tray), you can deduct $25.00 from the materials fee. To reserve a space, make $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Catherine Barry
2154 Hwy 194 South
Vilas, NC 28692

HIGH SCHOOL MATH COURSES

Course 2: Algebra I
Course Description: This course will cover the topics of the first year of high school Algebra 1 including: numbers, equations, functions, graphs, inequalities, exponents, polynomials and factoring.

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra

Homework Expectations: Homework will be assigned every class.

Materials Needed: Prentice Hall, Algebra I, 2007 edition

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

Instructor: Paige Speir

Background of Instructor: Paige has taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II. She has also been a general math teacher, substitute teacher, private tutor (elementary math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry), and a tutor in public elementary school. Two years of working with the BRTC, teaching Algebra I and Geometry. Her husband has been a football coach at Appalachian State for the past 6 seasons. Before moving here, Paige taught at Eastern Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. Since moving to Boone, she has worked at Samaritan’s Purse. She is honored to have been chosen to help your children study math. She loves teaching and will strive to find ways to apply math to everyday life.

Contact information: Email:paspe@aol.com. Cell Ph: 828-773-1592

Cost: $250 per semester. To reserve a space, make $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Paige Speir
PO Box 2541
Boone, NC 28607

Course 3: Algebra II

Course Description: This course will cover the topics of the second year of high school Algebra II including: linear equations, graphs and functions, polynomials and factoring, rational expressions, complex numbers, systems of equations, exponents and logarithms.

Prerequisite: Students should have a firm foundation in Algebra I

Materials Needed: Prentice Hall, Algebra II, 2007 edition

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 8:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Instructor: Gay Murphy

Background of Instructor: Gay is a veteran instructor of public high school mathmatics, having taught for 32 years. Her instruction has focused on Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. She is an active member of Boone United Methodist Church and married to husband, Gary. Gary is PE teacher at Blowing Rock Elementary and is the ASU Track coach. They have 3 grown children, Patrick – a civil engineer, Megan – a Medical Administrator, and Briana – a Physical Fitness Instructor. They have 1 dog and 3 cats. This will be Gay’s first year teaching with BRTC.

Contact information: Email: murphygb@watauga.k12.nc.us Home: 264-6574.Cell Ph: 773-0350.

Cost: $250 per semester. To reserve a space, make $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Gay Murphy
233 University Circle
Boone, NC 28607


HIGH SCHOOL FOREIGN LANGUAGES COURSES


Course 4: Latin I
(Note: This class is designed for students aged 13 up through high school.)
Course Description: This course will be a solid first year of high school Latin. I am not planning on offering Latin II next year, but this course alone will offer an excellent dose of the language. The texts will be Wheelock's Latin, the companion workbook and 38 Latin Stories. In class, I will lecture on the week's lesson; we will work on vocabulary, oral translation, memorization of the Apostles’ Creed and fun sayings with some Roman history thrown in. I will also help the students develop a "memory system" (an efficient memorization tool for long-term retention and daily review). I will give out quizzes throughout both semesters and a test at each semester’s end.

Course Objectives: Having completed Latin I, students will have finished the first half of Wheelock’s Latin. They will have gained a solid understanding of nouns, adjectives, pronouns and active/passive verbs of all conjugations and learned a ton of vocabulary. They will be able to translate somewhat abridged classical Latin writings and will have improved their English vocabulary due to the study of derivatives. I hope they will have come to enjoy Latin as well!

Homework will consist of memorization of vocabulary, translation, work in the workbook and reading of the Latin stories. Students should expect to study 45 minutes a day, though this may vary.

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Anna Barry

Background of Instructor: Anna Barry is the second child and daughter of John and Molly Barry and has been home schooled all her life. This will be her 3rd year to teach Latin with the BRTC. Most importantly, she is a Christian and her greatest desire is to know and love God more fully. Anna enjoys her family, talking with her father, lots of reading, language study and playing the piano and harp. She has worked on Latin since she was eleven, but in the past three years, she has studied it more intensely. Anna has completed Wheelock’s and a year of further Latin study with Schola Classical Tutorials (an online tutorial service.) She is excited to pass on the knowledge and love of Latin to others.

Contact information: Email:gorbalsdiehards@yahoo.com:; Home Ph: (828) 297-6960. Cell Ph: (828) 773-7992

Cost: $200 per semester. (Due to the increase in teaching time, there is no discount for siblings.)
To reserve a space, make $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Anna Barry
300 Mast Gap Rd.
Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Course 5: Latin II

Course Description:
This course will be a solid second year of high school Latin. We will complete Wheelock’s and thus, Latin grammar. Our texts will be the same as those in Latin I. Once again we will meet twice a week for an hour and twenty minutes. The class format of Latin II will be the same as that of Latin I. Students will continue to use the “memory system,” learn new derivatives and memorize new Latin passages (The Lord’s Prayer and the Prologue to the Aeneid). Quizzes will be administered throughout the year and a test will be given at the end of each semester.

The expected daily commitment outside of class is about forty-five minutes to an hour per day. Students will memorize an average of twenty words a week as well as verb/noun conjugation/declension chants. Students will also complete selected portions of the workbook and translate abridged classical Latin writings. We will move steadily--but not too quickly, and I will be flexible. Having completed Latin II, students will have a solid understanding of Latin grammar. They will also have a deeper understanding of English grammar & vocabulary.

Course objectives: Having completed Latin II, students will have covered all of Latin grammar and come to have a better understanding of English grammar. They will have translated longer Latin passages and will have improved their English vocabulary due to the study of derivatives. I hope they will have come to enjoy Latin as well!

Homework will consist of memorization of vocabulary, translation, work in the workbook and reading of the Latin stories. Students should expect to study 45 minutes a day, though this may vary.

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Instructor: Anna Barry

Background of Instructor: Same as Latin I (see above).

Contact information: Same as Latin I (see above).

Cost: Same as Latin I (see above).

Course 6: Spanish I
Course Description: This beginning Spanish course will emphasize comprehension, speaking, and grammar. I am very enthusiastic about having students speak and understand Spanish. Students will receive a syllabus that will outline homework assignments, and in-class expectations. Students will also learn about different Spanish-speaking countries, and cultures.

Materials Needed: Textbook and handbook – to be announced (and will be available to purchase used online.), Spanish Bible

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jill Pinkerton

Background of Instructor: Jill grew up in San Diego, California. During high school and college she worked at Mexican orphanages in Baja California. Jill went to San Diego State University, majoring in Linguistics. She later graduated from Christian Heritage College, where she majored in Missions and Bible. Jill attended Wycliffe Bible Translators’, Summer Institute of Linguistics training, which prepared her for service with Wycliffe in Guatemala. Jill later taught phonetics and phonology, and language learning at the University of Oklahoma with SIL. Jill and her family worked in D.R. Congo, Uganda, and Botswana with Wycliffe and SIM from 1989 to 2005. She home schooled her children while there. Jill taught Spanish I for the BRTC during the 2008 – 2009 school year. She has taught Spanish to K-6th graders, as well as one on one tutoring with high schoolers. Jill has a great interest in world events and history. She greatly enjoys reading and writing.

Contact information: Email: kalaharip@gmail.com; Home ph: 963-2565.

Cost: $200 per semester. There is a material fee of $20.00 to cover costs of handouts. To reserve a space, make a $50.00 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Jill Pinkerton
867 Worley Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Course 7: Spanish II

Course Description: Spanish II will begin by having an overall review of Spanish 1. We will then focus on certain important tenses in Spanish: Preterit, Imperfect, and Subjective. We will cover common Spanish errors that English speakers make. We will expand our vocabulary, and work on comprehension and speech production. We will watch video clips, and listen to audio clips to improve comprehension. We will have written work learning how to compose essays and letters. We will cover current events in the Spanish speaking world.

Prerequisite: Spanish I

Materials Needed: Textbook and handbook – to be announced (and will be available to purchase used online.), Spanish Bible

Day/Time Offered: Tues, Thurs/ 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Instructor: Jill Pinkerton

Background of Instructor: Same as Spanish I (see above)

Contact information: Same as Spanish I (see above).

Cost: Same as Spanish I (see above)

Course 8: Spanish II
Course Description: This course is designed to help students increase their communication skills in Spanish and develop a greater awareness of the Hispanic culture. The class will reinforce and build on structures and vocabulary learned in Spanish I. Students will be introduced to the work of several important authors. At end of the year, students will take part in the Lenoir-Rhyne Foreign Language Festival in Hickory.

Materials Needed: Textbook and handbook - to be announced

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Sue Mosher

Background of Instructor: Sue has taught Spanish I, II, & III for the BRTC and has loved every minute! She received business degrees from the University of Georgia and the American Graduate School of International Management and studied her real love, foreign languages, in her free time. She is the wife of Matt Mosher, mother of three home schooled children, and a college freshman.

Contact information: Email: mattsuemosher@yahoo.com; Home Ph: 297-4429.

Cost: $200 per semester. Material fee of $20 to cover costs of handouts, CD’s, etc. To reserve a space, make a $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Sue Mosher
P.O. Box 465
Sugar Grove, NC 28679


HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH COURSES

Course 9: Classic Literature I
Course Description: Students will be assigned various works of classic literature to read and discuss critically during class time. Students will have opportunities to evaluate, interpret, analyze, and respond to various American, British, French, and Scottish authors, different genres, time periods, worldviews, etc. Homework will include reading assignments, preparation for in-class quizzes and essays, vocabulary enrichment, and writing papers on selected works covered in class.

Emphases will include reading and discussion of many of the classics that appear on most college reading lists. Attention will also be given to helping the students grow in their ability to write critically and support their theses with examples, quotations, and ideas stemming from the actual pieces of literature which they are assigned. Students will also learn how to approach, organize, and write essays in a timed format in preparation for the writing portion of the SAT.

Reading List for First Semester: The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway), The Keeper of the Bees (Gene Stratton-Porter), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee); Hamlet (William Shakespeare), Les Miserables (Victor Hugo).

Reading List for Second Semester: The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas), Mere Christianity (CS Lewis), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper), The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan)

Day/Time offered: Tue / 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Laura Barbee

Background of instructor: Laura is married to Jim Barbee and is mother of four children, ages 20, 18, 13, and 11. The Barbees have homeschooled from the beginning. Laura enjoys reading, hiking, playing tennis, horseback riding, and spending time with her family. She has taught several literature and writing classes over the years and desires to assist students in becoming more proficient writers as they analyze various literary works. She is a 1986 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Contact information: Email: laurainboone@gmail.com Home Ph: 265-8198

Cost: $175 per semester, plus a $10 copy fee . To reserve a space, make a $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Laura Barbee
886 Hunting Hills Lane
Boone, NC 28607


Course 10: English Grammar/Writing Skills

Course Description: The intent of this one-year, comprehensive class is two-fold: First, it will give each student a solid working knowledge of English grammar, punctuation and word usage. We will be using the curriculum entitled Analytical Grammar. This approach is logical, sequential and efficient – we will not waste your time. Review and reinforcement are built into each new concept. Second, we will de-mystify the process of writing both essays and research papers. By learning and practicing the mechanics in class, each student will be able to internalize the necessary steps for successful writing. In addition, we will analyze top-scoring SAT essays from previous years to help prepare for this exam.
Class time will be creative, engaging and active, and it will prepare the student for high school and college level work. There will be approximately 60+ minutes of outside homework per week. All tests are open-book. This class eliminates the need for boring, endless repetition; rather, it will equip the student with knowledge useful for a lifetime, instill confidence in both oral and written forms of communication, and allow the student to move forward successfully.

Materials Needed: Analytical Grammar

Day/Time Offered: Tue, Thu / 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Lori Hubert

Background of Instructor: Lori Hubert has home schooled her four children for 15 years. She is passionate about learning and using grammar and writing skills and believes it to be essential for success in every form of communication. She received her B.A. n Biblical Studies from Grace Bible Institute in CA, with a minor in Greek (and you thought English grammar was challenging!)

Contact information: Email: lorihubert@bellsouth.net Home Ph: 265-3324

Cost: Student rate: $200 per semester, plus $75 for the student workbook and copy fees. To reserve a space, make a $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Lori Hubert
313 Sleepy Valley Drive
Boone, NC 29607

Course 11: Ancient Literature

Course Description: The purpose of this course, generally, is to generate literary sensibilities within Christian students by encouraging them to be critical thinkers, careful readers, and expressive writers. Specifically, they will discover two things - how the Christian can appreciate great pagan literature, and the literary significance upon Western culture of the following texts, all of which were written by or about ancient cultures:
       Selections of the Pentateuch (OT); Gilgamesh (Sumerian creation story); Homer’s Odyssey (Greek epic); Aeschylus I (Greek play); Sophocles I (Greek play); Virgil’s Aeneid (Roman epic); Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; and C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces.
       Students will be taught to recognize the beauty, style, and historical context of these works as well as taught the thinking skills necessary for literary analysis. Students will work chronologically through the texts and interact with them through in-class discussions and writing assignments. Class time will consist of lectures, discussions, student presentations, writing instruction, and quizzes/tests. Students will be assigned 6 writing assignments over the course of the year – 1 research paper that they will present to the class and 5 position papers. Individualized feedback on each student’s writing assignments will be provided by the instructr in the form of written assessments. Students will be assigned up to 80 pages of reading per week. There will also be a class filming day scheduled during second semester in order to record the class’s interpretation of the play Julius Caesar.
Nota Bene: An Ancient History class, covering the history of the world from creation through the fall of Rome, is being offered through BRTC that complements this literature class. Enrollment in both classes is recommended but not required.

Day/Time offered: Thur / 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Fuller

Background of instructor: Renee is the wife of Scott Fuller and a long-time homeschooling mother of five daughters. She is a magna cum laude graduate of King College with a degree in English and Secondary Education. She has taught numerous classes in Bible and English to all grade levels as well as done free-lance editing and private tutoring in language and literature. Having taught ancient history and language to her own children, she hopes to equip her students with tools and a worldview that stimulate an appreciation for God’s providential movements throughout the history of His world.

Contact information: reneerfuller@gmail.com, home: 828-263-8468, cell: 387-1210

Cost: $175 per semester plus $10 copy fee per semester. To reserve a spot, make a $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Renee Fuller
P.O. Box 3050
Boone, NC 28607

HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY, GOVT, COMMUNICATIONS & WORLDVIEW


Course 12: Ancient History

Course Description: The purpose of this class is to survey ancient history from Creation to the year 70 A.D. The focus will be upon the foundations and rise of Western Civilization. This will be accomplished by reading selections from important historical and biblical works, including the following: Genesis, Exodus, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Histories, Plutarch’s Lives, The Early History of Rome, Luke/Acts, and Twelve Ceasars. The overall structure of the course will in part follow the Omnibus I course. An Ancient Literature class is being offered through BRTC that complements this history class. Enrollment in both classes is recommended but not required.

The above primary works and the history they present will be considered from a biblical worldview. The activity and purposes of God will be observed and discussed. As the students learn ancient history, they will also learn to read and evaluate primary sources, to think critically, and to communicate effectively through discussion and writing. Assignments will primarily consist of out of class reading selections, preparation for and engagement in class discussion, and formal and informal writing assignments.

Day/Time Offered: Tues, Thurs/ 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Matthew McDill

Background of Instructor: Matthew has a B.S. from Appalachian State in Communication, two masters degrees from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, and will graduate in May with a Ph.D. in New Testament. He teaches Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, and Discourse in Politics and Religion at ASU. He is a pastor at Highland Christian Fellowship and has been speaking and teaching for 15 years. Matthew and Dana homeschool their six children (3 grade-school age).

Contact information: mmcdill@bellsouth.net; 828.406.1594

Cost: $200 per semester plus To reserve a space, make $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Matthew McDill
3480 Old 421 South
Boone, NC 28607

Course 13: Public Speaking
(Fall Semester Only)
Course Description: The primary objective of this course is for students to learn and develop skills for effective and ethical verbal communication with groups. This class will include reading a textbook, journaling in response to the readings, several practice speaking exercises, and four graded speeches. The graded speeches include the selection of a topic, a written outline, and oral delivery.
In addition to learning to speak well, the students will have an opportunity to explore and think clearly about their own passions and convictions. While this will be a modified version of the class Matthew teaches at Appalachian State, in this context we will also discuss communication from a biblical perspective.

Materials Needed: Shultze, Quentine. An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue.

Day/Time Offered: Wed/ 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Matthew McDill

Background of Instructor: Matthew has a B.S. from Appalachian State in Communication, two masters degrees from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, and will graduate in May with a Ph.D. in New Testament. He is currently teaching two sections of Public Speaking and one section of Intercultural Communication at Appalachian State. He is a pastor at Highland Christian Fellowship and has been speaking and teaching for 15 years. Matthew and Dana homeschool their six children (3 grade-school age).

Contact information: Email: mmcdill@bellsouth.net; Home: 828-406-1594

Cost: $200 per semester To reserve a space, make $50 non-refundable deposit payable to:

Matthew McDill
3480 Old 421 South
Boone, NC 28607

Course 14: Worldview
(Spring Semester Only)
Course Description: A person’s worldview is his or her assumptions about the world (God, man, nature, creation, sin, etc.) and his interpretation of life based on these assumptions. This course is a survey of the basic religious and philosophical viewpoints of various world cultures. The students will learn the common building blocks of a worldview and how to evaluate and respond to them from a Christian perspective. Assignments will primarily consist of out of class reading selections, preparation for and engagement in class discussion, and formal and informal writing assignments.

Materials Needed: TBD

Day/Time Offered: Wed/ 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Matthew McDill

Background of Instructor: Matthew has a B.S. from Appalachian State in Communication, two masters degrees from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, and will graduate in May with a Ph.D. in New Testament. He is currently teaching two sections of Public Speaking and one section of Intercultural Communication at Appalachian State. He is a pastor at Highland Christian Fellowship and has been speaking and teaching for 15 years. Matthew and Dana homeschool their six children (3 grade-school age).

Contact information: Email: mmcdill@bellsouth.net; Home: 828-406-1594

Cost: $200 per semester To reserve a space, contact Matthew McDill to let him know of your interest. Once the class is confirmed, make $50 non-refundable deposit this fall payable to:

Matthew McDill
3480 Old 421 South
Boone, NC 28607

Course 15: Government
(Spring Semester Only)
Course Description: This course will include a combination of U.S. government structure, government philosophy, highlights of constitutional law, and will integrate a Christian worldview. (Syllabus is being developed.)

Materials Needed: TBD

Day/Time Offered: Wed / TBD (1½ hour class)

Instructor: Todd Chasteen

Background of Instructor: Todd has a B.S. from James Madison University in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, and a JD and Master of Laws and Taxation (LLM) from the University of Florida. Todd taught at the University of Florida in the school of business; served as senior attorney advisor for a federal judge in Washington; worked in a private practice serving businesses and non-profits; taught Law at Liberty University for a year, and currently serves as General Counsel at Samaritan’s Purse. Todd has a passion to help ground and prepare our students against an onslaught of liberal views that they may face in higher education, and to be able to convey the subject matter with academic freedom. Todd and Kim homeschool their four children, Jesse, Jake, Tucker, & Kenzie.

Contact information: Email: toddkimfamily@gmail.com. Home Ph:295-3867. Cell Ph: 773-3848.

Cost: $150 per semester. To reserve a space, contact Todd Chasteen to let him know of your interest. Once the class is confirmed, make $50 non-refundable deposit this fall payable to:

Todd Chasteen
305 Hodges-Miller Road
Boone, NC 28607

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