Christendom | Live Flipped Classroom

$100.00 / month for 6 months

Old Western Culture: Christendom
video course + live recitations

Old Western Culture: Christendom is a full year of instruction divided into four quarters: Early Medievals, The Defense of the Faith, The Medieval Mind, and The Reformation. In this “flipped-classroom” approach, students learn from the award-winning Old Western Culture video-centric curriculum, and then meet for live discussion each week with an instructor. As an integrated humanities curriculum, Christendom explores history, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art through the greatest works of influential literature of the Western world, and from a Christian perspective.

Credits: 3 (English, Literature, and History).
Instructor: Valerie Abraham
Recitation Time: Thursday, 8:30–10:00 a.m. PST
Price: $600 for instruction | Full academic year.

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Product Description

Experience the best of both worlds: the award-winning Old Western Culture video-based curriculum AND live personal instruction on a weekly basis!



Weekly Instruction. 1 school year of live, weekly instruction via video classroom (live sessions recorded for students).
– Video Lectures with Reading Assignments. 48 Old Western Culture video lectures from Wesley Callihan.
Grading and Report Card. 4 end-of-quarter exams graded for the student with comments, and report card.
Writing Service. Responsive essays based on the reading or lectures throughout the year, graded with comments and coaching in essay writing.

A “flipped classroom” is one in which the lecture typically given in class is watched at home, and the time normally spent doing homework occurs live in class. In other words, you watch the recorded lecture on your own, followed by answering questions. You then interact with the teacher and other students online going over the lesson, followed by previewing the next lesson.

How this looks will differ somewhat by subject. For literature (Old Western Culture), this means an Oxford style “recitation,” or small group discussion once per week. For Logic this will mean students watch the video lessons on their own, and then meet to go over the lesson 2 or 3 times per week. Since this is an online school, these meetings happen live via Webex audio meeting.

Recitation Time: Thursday, 8:30–10:00 a.m. PST

Roman Roads Classroom follows a standard academic year, late August/early September through early May. These dates are subject to minor adjustment. First recitation is August 31, 2017.

Minimum age: 14 years old.

Each student must have:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam

The weekly “recitations” are live video sessions that meet once a week, running from September through early May (see Class Schedule tab), in which the students and tutor discuss the material being studied, go over the students’ work, and preview the work for the next week. The students and tutor log in to a virtual classroom at the stated time for the tutorial and then are able to communicate by talking, typing, and collaborative web browsing. There is no special software needed – it all happens automatically when you log in. Both PC and Mac users are able to participate in these courses, but a highspeed connection (DSL, cable, wireless, satellite etc.) is required.

Three High School Humanities Credits, which can be broken down to 1 History, 1 English, and 1 Literature.

Each quarter has an end-of-term exam and term paper.

Early Medievals (Q1)
Gregory of Tours
Gregory the Great
Confessions of St. Patrick
Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Einhard’s Life of Charlamagne
Asser’s Life of Alfred the Great
John of Damascus’ The Fount of Knowledge
Defense of the Faith (Q2)
Essential works of Anselm
Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain
De Voragine’s The Golden Legend
Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople
De Joinville’s Life of St. Louis
The Medieval Mind (Q3)
Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
Dante’s Divine Comedy
The Reformation(Q4)
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Works from Luther
Spenser’s Faerie Queene
The Books of Common Prayer
Calvin’s Institutes
The Heidelberg Catechism

For precise assignments and schedule, see the Materials Page.

Valerie FoucachonValerie grew up in France where her father Francis Foucachon was a church planter with Mission to the World. She studied under Wesley Callihan in high school through Schola Classical Tutorials, and then attended Logos School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She graduated from New Saint Andrews College in 2015 with honors. Her thesis, The Mirror of All Christians Queens, is published by Roman Roads Media, and featured in Shield Wall, a quarterly academic journal by New Saint Andrews. An official Latin Nerd, she shows her love for the classics by quoting from the Aeneid at random times (in Latin of course). She married Dr. Matthew Abraham (also a Schola graduate) in 2016, and lives in Knoxville, TN.

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