First Semester

For fun: Movies that might get you in the Enlightenment spirit. (A couple of these are rated R — I would be totally comfortable with my own teenager watching them, but I've marked them so you can check them out for yourself.)

 

Week 1

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: The Toolkit and Introduction to Critical Thinking

  • Biology: Introduction to Biology

 

  • History: Introduction to the Enlightenment

  • Literature: "A Modest Proposal" and Enlightenment Literature

 

  • Latin: Introduction to Latin

 

  • Composition: Introduction to Composition


Week 2

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Annotating and Close Reading, Part I

 

  • Literature: John Dryden

 

  • Latin: Chapter 1

  • Composition: Writing About History


Week 3

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Annotating and Close Reading, Part II

  • Biology: The Cell, Part I

 

  • History: Democracy Comes to England

Get this lecture here.

  • Literature: Samuel Pepys

 

  • Latin: Chapter 1 Review

Take the Chapter 1 quiz.

  • Composition: Grading Your Own Writing


Week 4

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: The Rhetorical Situation, Part I

Monty Python's Argument Clinic

  • Biology: The Cell, Part I

Virtual Onion and Cheek Cell Lab

  • History: Enlightenment Philosophes

 

  • Literature: Aphra Behn

  • Latin: Chapter 2

 

  • Composition: Assertion Journals


Week 5

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: The Rhetorical Situation, Part II

Hark a Vagrant!: Brontes

Very Dramatic AT&T Don't Text and Drive Video (sensitive kids, you may want to ask a parent to watch this first)

Wrigley Orbit: Cow

Porsche

  • Biology: Diffusion/Osmosis

A Quick Diffusion Lab Activity

  • History: Philosophical Ideals Meet Political Reality

  • Literature: Daniel Defoe and Robinson Crusoe

  • Latin: Chapter 2

  • Composition: Comparing and Contrasting


Week 6

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Let’s Review

  • Biology: Midterm Review

  • History: Denis Diderot's Encyclopedie

  • Literature: Daniel Defoe, Zombies, and Ghosts

  • Latin: Midterm Review

  • Composition: Assertion Journal


Week 7

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Midterm Exam

  • Biology: Midterm Exam

  • History: Midterm Review

  • Literature: William Congreve

  • For the literature midterm, I always ask people to revise one of their previous discussion question answers -- you can use the book, of course, because you probably will want to add more textual evidence. Your goal should be to improve your thesis, your introduction and conclusion, and your evidence -- basically, you're turning your relaxed response into a more polished essay. It should end up being about a page longer than your original response.

  • Latin: Midterm Exam

  • Composition: Writing about Literature


Week 8

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Immanuel Kant, Part I

  • Biology: Photosynthesis, Part I

Crash Course: Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis: Virtual Lab

  • History Midterm Exam

  • Literature: Gulliver’s Travels

  • Latin: Chapter 3

  • Composition: Writing a Better Thesis


Week 9

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Immanuel Kant

  • Biology: Cellular Respiration

  • History: The Other Side of Democracy: Absolutism

  • Literature: Reality Literature

  • Latin: Chapter 3

  • Composition: Assertion Journal


Week 10

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Viewpoint and Bias

  • Biology: Cell Division

Cells Alive: Mitosis Activity

  • History: The Enlightenment in the New World

  • Literature: Alexander Pope

  • Latin: Chapter 3

  • Composition: Writing Better Transitions


Week 11

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Viewpoint and Bias, Part II

  • Biology: Cell Division, Part II

Virtual Mitosis Lab

  • History: Revolutions in the New World

  • Literature: Other Voices

  • Latin: Project Week

  • Composition: Writing Better Conclusions



Week 12

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Premise/Conclusion

  • Biology: Taxonomy, Part I

  • History: The French Revolution

  • Literature: Samuel Johnson

  • Latin: Chapter 4


Week 13

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Premise/Conclusion, Part II

  • Biology: Taxonomy, Part I

  • History: Experiences of the French Revolution

  • Literature: James Boswell

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 14

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Final Exam

  • Biology: Final Exam

  • History: Final Exam

  • Literature: Final Exam

  • Latin: Final Exam

  • Composition: Final Revision

 

Second Semester

For fun: Movies (and a few television programs) that might get you in the Victorian spirit. (A couple of these are rated R — I would be totally comfortable with my own teenager watching them, but I've marked them so you can check them out for yourself.)

 

Week 15

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking: Thought Experiment

  • Biology: Evolution, Part I

  • History: Introduction to the Victorians

  • Literature: "Dover Beach" and Victorian Literature

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 16

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

90-Second Philosophy: Deductive vs. Inductive

  • Biology:

Natural Selection Simulation

  • History:

  • Literature: Tennyson

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 17

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

Peppered Moth Simulation

  • History:

  • Literature: Browning

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 18

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature: Other Poetry

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 19

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature: Fairy Tales and Children's Stories

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 20

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature: Realism in Fiction

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 21

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature: Great Expectations

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 22

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

Earthworm Virtual Dissection

  • History:

  • Literature: Great Expectations

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 23

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

Persuasion vs Propaganda

  • Biology:

Comparing Mollusks Chart

Virtual Squid Lab

  • History:

  • Literature: Great Expectations

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 24

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature:

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 25

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

Classifying Arthropods Virtual Lab

  • History:

  • Literature:

  • Latin:

  • Composition:


Week 26

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

Virtual Crayfish Dissection

  • History:

  • Literature:

  • Latin:

  • Composition:

Week 27 

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature:

  • Latin:

  • Composition:

Week 28

Lectures

  • Critical Thinking:

  • Biology:

  • History:

  • Literature:

  • Latin:

  • Composition:

 

Resource List

(These links take you to the Amazon page for the recommended editions, but you should be able to find most of the required books at your library or as free ebooks. Used textbook availability comes and goes, so if you need to get another edition and have trouble matching it up to the schedule, please email me, and I am happy to help you out!)

ESSENTIAL Resources

You will definitely need these books to use this curriculum.


Optional Resources

Choose one of these for your second Enlightenment novel: (You may want to wait a few weeks to decide—we'll be reading selections from several of these, so there may be one that particularly piques your interest.)

 

Choose one of these for your second Victorian novel: (You may want to wait a few weeks to decide—we'll be reading selections from several of these, so there may be one that particularly piques your interest.)



You may opt to read one of these books for Latin: