LAF MS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 2016-17

ARCHAEOLOGY/GEOLOGY

Facilitator:  Angela Sabo

This is an introductory course to MS Archaeology/Geology.

Semester 1:  Archaeology:  The Archaeology Book takes you on an exciting exploration of

history and ancient cultures.  You will learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the

accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy

and historicity of the Bible.  You will unearth:  how archaeologists know what life was like in the

past, why broken pottery can tell more than gold or treasure can, some of the difficulties in

dating ancient artifacts, how the brilliance of ancient cultures demonstrates God’s creation,

history of ancient cultures, including the Hittites, Babylonians, and Egyptians, the early

development of the alphabet and its impact on discovery, the numerous archaeological finds

that confirm biblical history, and why the Dead Sea scrolls are considered such a vital

breakthrough.  Filled with vivid full-color photos, detailed drawings, and maps, you will have

access to some of the greatest biblical mysteries ever uncovered.

Semester 2:  Geology: Rocks firmly anchored to the ground and rocks floating through space

fascinate us.  Jewelry, houses, and roads are just some of the ways we use what has been made

from geologic processes to advance civilization.  Whether scrambling over a rocky beach, or

gazing at spectacular meteor showers, we can’t get enough of geology! The Geology Book will

teach: what really carved the Grand Canyon, how thick the Earth’s crust is, why the Earth is

unique for life, the varied features of the Earth’s surface-from plains to peaks, how sedimentary

deposition occurs through water, wind, and ice, effects of erosion, ways in which sediments

become sedimentary rock, fossilization and the age of the dinosaurs, the powerful effects of

volcanic activity, continental drift theory, radioisotope and carbon dating, geologic process of

the past.  Our planet is a most suitable home.  Its practical benefits are also enhanced by the

sheer beauty of rolling hills, solitary plains, churning seas and rivers, and majestic mountains –

all set in place by processes that are relevant to today’s entire population of this spinning rock

This class will be from a young Earth perspective of which we will be using the Bible as

reference and most classes will include creation discussion. We encourage each student to have

their own opinions, and expect them to do the research to understand why they believe what

they believe.  Not everyone will have the same points of view, that makes for great discussion.

Academic Expectations:

1. Students will be required to complete one oral presentation per semester on a chapter

of their choosing.  Presentations must be a minimum of 3 minutes & maximum of 4.

Presentations will be on the week we study the chapter of their choosing.

2. Weekly quizzes

3. Weekly worksheets for homework

4. One test at the end of each semester

5. End of Year Project:  3 page Research paper on any topic from the curriculum.

REQUIRED MATERIAL:

1. Curriculum: “Intro to Archaeology & Geology” by MasterBooks (Wonders of Creation

Series). Purchase from www.masterbooks.com. Cost approximately $34

2. 2” 3 Ring Binder

3. Pocket Dividers w/ tabs

4. Notebook Paper

5. Pens & Pencis

**We will be asking for small donated items through the year.

ART (Fall Semester)

Facilitator:  Kathy Smith

This class will focus on the basics of drawing, shading, and perspective.  Students will learn

about how to create pictures that look more realistic and dimensional.  They will have a chance

to do some finished projects and learn a different watercolor technique.  Most of the work will

REQUIRED MATERIAL:

1. Pencils:  3H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 6B

3. Small Watercolor set. (Watercolor Tubes ONLY)

Basic colors:  red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black

4. Set of brushes (round and flat)

5. 9×12 Tracing Paper

6. 9×12 Sketch Book

7. 1-2 pill boxes from Dollar Store

8. Small watercolor pallet for mixing

9. 22×30 sheet of 90lb watercolor paper

10. 2-10”Stretching bars

11. 2 – 14” Stretching bars

12. Small package of Charcoal sticks

**Dick Blick art supplies has reasonable prices.  Dickblick.com

FLORIDA HISTORY

Facilitator:  Tamara Wingate

This will be a unit study approach of Florida.  We will be completing and presenting projects

throughout the year.  Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic

and sociological events which influenced the progression of Florida.  We will be reading The

Land Remembered and possibly 2 other short books to aide in our learning of Florida.  Some

will be read in class and some for homework.  Internet access will be needed at home to

complete some research or readings at home for projects.

REQUIRED MATERIAL

1. The Land Remembered Student Edition, Part 1 & 2

2. Escape to the Everglades by Edwina Raffa (tentative)

3. Kidnapped in Key West by Edwina Raffa (tentative)

4. Internet access

5. 1” 3 ring binder

6. Notebook paper

8. Misc. art supplies:  colored pencils, construction paper, poster board, scissors, glue,

GENERAL SCIENCE

Facilitator:  Heather Feikema

From Apologia’s website: “Although it can be used for 8th grade, it is typically used best in the 7th

grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple

machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy/physiology.  Its

scope, therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments to do, which all use

Typically the co-op class will cover one module every two weeks.  Students must compete

homework before coming to class every week.  Homework will include weekly reading

assignments from the textbook and “On Your Own” questions from the selected readings.

Students will be expected to write the answers to “On Your Own” questions in their

consumable student notebooks before coming to class. Because some of the experiments

require considerably more time than is allowed in class, the students will have the opportunity

to complete selected experiments from the book at home and present their findings to the

Classroom time will include group study and projects, experiments, student presentations, and

review games. There will be no classroom lecture. Families who desire to have more instruction

for their student may wish to purchase the optional General Science Instruction DVD which is

offered on Apologia’s website.  From the website: “Enhance your student’s general science

course with this excellent instructional DVD featuring Apologia Academy physics teacher Rusty

Hughes. Packed with more than twenty hours of instruction, this DV also contains video

presentations of every experiment from the Exploring Creation with General Science textbook.”

REQUIRED MATERIAL

1. Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd Edition Textbook

2. Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science Student Notebook (consumable)

3. Safety goggle or glasses

IEW – B (Student Writing Intensive)

Facilitator:  Judy Kendall

This writing course for middle school students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing

skills. Students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic

techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction

At the end of this course a student will be able to:

1. Use a variety of stylistic techniques including dress ups, different types of sentence

opener, and decorations such dramatic openers and similes.

2. Summarize paragraphs using a key-word outline strategy

3. Write short stories using an easy structural model

4. Write research reports from multiple sources

5. Write the main types of five-paragraph essays using topics, introduction, and conclusion

6. Edit their work for grammar, syntax, and usage

A letter grade will not be issued for this class. However, students are expected to attend every

class, participate in class activities, and turn in completed assignments on time. Students and

their primary educators will be given opportunities to track progress through a variety of

checklists and goal-setting activities throughout the year.

REQUIRED MATERIAL

1.  Student Writing Intensive Level B (Notebook & Packet)

2. Notebook Paper

3. Pencils & Pens

4. Dictionary/Thesaurus

IEW – B: CONTINUATION

Facilitator:  Judy Kendall

**Prerequisite:  IEW-B**

This course picks up where the Student Writing Intensive Level B left off and advances writing

At the end of this course a student will be able to:

1. Use a variety of stylistic techniques including sophisticated vocabulary, complex

sentence structure, and decorations such as dramatic openers and similes

2. Write short narrative stories

3. Write research reports from multiple sources

4. Write the main types of five-paragraph essays using topics, introduction, and conclusion

5. Conduct an interview and write their findings

7. Write book and movie critiques

8. Edit their work for grammar, syntax, and usage

A letter grade will not be issued for this class. However, students are expected to attend every

class, participate in class activities, and turn in completed assignments on time. Students and

their primary educators will be given opportunities to track progress through a variety of

checklists and goal-setting activities throughout the year.

REQUIRED MATERIAL

1. Student Writing Intensive Continuation Course level B (student packet)

2. IEW 3 ring binder

3. Notebook Paper

5. Dictionary/Thesaurus

The packet and binder can be purchases at iew.com

Middle School Literature

Facilitator:  Tamara Wingate

This course will consist of reading, vocabulary, comprehension questions, lessons on the

readings, additional lessons on composition, and one writing assignment a month for each book.

Reading will be completed for homework as well as any assignments not finished in class.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Andrew Clause

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Where the Red Fern Grows  by  Wilson Rawls

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Poetry – will be given in class

Biography/Autobiography  (tentative)  A list of biographies/autobiographies will be given out in

REQUIRED MATERIAL

1. All books listed above in Reading List

2. 1” 3 ring binder

4. Notebook paper

5. Pencils/ Pens

SEWING

Facilitator:  Theresa O’Bryant

This class will be an introduction to basic sewing skills.  You will learn how to use a sewing

machine and follow simple instructions from tutorials and PDF patterns.  Some project ideas

include but are not limited to pillow cases, decorative throw, pillows, aprons, simple skirts or

Required Material:

1. Sewing Machine

5. Little sewing scissors

9. Pin case or cushion

10. Fabric cutting scissors

**Nothing will be allowed to be stored at the church, soyou will need a container to easily

transport ALL of your equipment and supplies to and from.

SIGN LANGUAGE

Facilitator:

This course is designed to develop skills and knowledge needed for basic communication in

American Sign Language.  This course will cover vocabulary, fingerspelling and basic

conversation. Focused on everyday topics and  general everyday conversation.

SPANISH

Facilitator:  Yamilka Guzman

This class will focus on the conversational aspect of the Spanish language. The goal is to provide

all students with a strong foundation to build on.  As a requirement for this class, the student

must know how to read instructions in the English language and also a basic writing knowledge

REQUIRED MATERIAL

1. Binder

2.  Colored Pencils