Sword of Freedom

WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS CLASS?

Sword of Freedom is a study of the American Civil War. You will read classic literature pertaining to the era and biographies of great Civil War leaders, then come together to discuss what you’ve read. You will write papers on assigned themes which inspire you to ponder freedom. You will research and write about a Civil War hero of your choice. You will give oral presentations and memorize the Gettysburg Address.

PURPOSE

Vision: see the connection between education and greatness
Mission: Challenge them to move past black and white thinking and apply founding documents to life
Ability: self-governance through recognizing the power of personal freedom
Skills: choose between good and bad, time management

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

Key of Liberty

HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE REQUIRED?

10 – 15 hours each week

COST:

$52.00 which includes Class costs, Binder & Sword

Other Incentive offered Kepi $15

Simulation in October will cost between $20 – $35

BOOKS STUDENTS MUST PURCHASE

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher-Stowe
Across 5 Aprils by Irene Hunt
Abraham Lincoln’s bio (out of print available from LEMI)

COURSE LENGTH

This is a one semester course which runs September through mid-December

NOTE TO PARENTS

This is a Practice Scholar Project which motivates students to study hard through inspiring mentors, positive peer pressure, incentive awards and a culminating activity. Students will need to read assigned books, write a theme and work on memorizing every week. They will also need to prepare and give a presentation in class 2 – 3 times.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR STUDENT

You may choose to read and discuss the assigned books with your student. Each week
your student will be assigned a question to think and write about. You can discuss these questions with your student but allow them the freedom to write their own response.

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