Learning Support - Elective Classes

Ethics & Politics
Open To:

Students in Grades 11-12. 

Materials Used:

See booklist on family site.

Description:

RIGOR COURSE. This is a one-credit course. The course is rooted in Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics, but will include selections from Plato, St. Thomas Aquinas, and others. The course discusses what the end of man’s life is, and how to achieve virtue, with a consideration of what it means to be a citizen in a community. This course ‘pulls together’ strands of consideration that are present in the MODG overarching curricular path. Each history course we have presents some part of the argument concerning the proper life of a man, what rational virtue is, and how that is formal in community life. This course makes explicit all those strands. To facilitate reading and discussion the class will meet twice a week for one hour each.
Class meets twice a week, 60 minutes duration.
I HS Credits

Cost: $530.00
Fine Arts
Open To:

Students in Grades 8-12

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

A combined fine arts class covering Art and Music Appreciation. Students will be introduced to artists and composers of the same time period, in order to discuss the characteristics of each era. Additionally, students will read and discuss different lectures on the purpose of  music and art. Virtual museum tours may be included. This should be a lot of fun and will coordinate with the main seasons of the Liturgical year, as well as coinciding (when possible) with historical events being discussed in the 9th Grade History. Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

There are two parts to the Fine Arts course. The required part involves class time, weekly quizzes, and a few worksheets per semester. This amounts to 0.5 credits. For another 0.5 credit, the student may choose to complete theory worksheets, museum tours, and music listening. If the student is having a hard time meeting the log hour goal, contact the teacher.

Cost: $482.00
Fine Arts: Art 8
Open To:

Students in Grades 7-12. (0.5 or 1.0 credit if done in Grades 8-12)

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

The course is based on the Laura Berquist syllabus for Grade 8 Art. It is designed to help students come to appreciation great religious works of art. Students are emailed a short chapter each week and attend class to discuss the chatper. A few autograded assignments included. Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

TO EARN HS CREDIT: There are two parts to the Fine Arts course. The required part involves class time, weekly quizzes, and a few worksheets per semester. This amounts to 0.5 credits for. For another 0.5 credit, the student may choose to complete theory worksheets, museum tours, and music listening. If the student is having a hard time meeting the log hour goal, contact the teacher.

Cost: $300.00
Fine Arts: Art History - Fall Semester
Open To:

Students in Grades 10-12

Materials Used:

The Classic Point of View by Kenyon Cox, Gombrich’s The Story of Art.

Description:

The course will explore the history of western art from early medieval to realism. Students will apply principles from the classical point of view to various works of art. They will become familiar with basic art vocabulary, focus on identifying the various periods of art as well as learn about artists and symbolism in paintings. The class will also teach some basic drawing skills and how to look at and understand paintings. This is a one semester course that runs from August-Jan; the content is repeated in 2nd semester for a new group of students. Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

The LS class is 0.5 HS credit. Teacher provides instructions to students who are interested in logging additional hours to earn full credit.

Cost: $241.00
Fine Arts: Art History - Spring Semester
Open To:

Students in Grades 10-12

Materials Used:

The Classic Point of View by Kenyon Cox, Gombrich’s The Story of Art.

Description:

The course will explore the history of western art from early medieval to realism. Students will apply principles from the classical point of view to various works of art. They will become familiar with basic art vocabulary, focus on identifying the various periods of art as well as learn about artists and symbolism in paintings. The class will also teach some basic drawing skills and how to look at and understand paintings. This is a one semester course that runs from Jan through May; the same content was offered from August-Jan to different students. Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

0.5 HS credit. Teacher provides instructions to students who are interested in logging additional hours to earn full credit.

Cost: $241.00
Fine Arts: Radio Theater (Grades 10-12)
Open To:

Students in Grades 10-12

Description:

The class progresses through diction and tonal exercises to reading aloud and “voice acting” using actual radio scripts. In the second semester, students begin work on their own radio scripts, which are produced in class. Students may work in pairs or small groups for script development. Not only will students direct and act in their own productions, but also have the opportunity to participate in the productions from other sections as well, should your family’s schedule allow for it.  Homework consists of diction practice, listening to assigned audio, reading assigned scripts, practicing voice delivery technique, script analysis, preparing to read in character for production (no memorization necessary), developing an original script. This course may be used to meet MODG HS Fine Arts requirement.

Class meets once a week, 90 minutes duration.

1.0 HS Credit

Cost: $482.00
Fine Arts: Reader's Theater Grades (5-7)
Open To:

Students in Grades 5-7

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

Students actively participate in class by reading scripts adapted from literature using vocal expression to convey meaning and portray characters while focusing on pronunciation, fluency, voice clarity, and volume. Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

Cost: $300.00
Fine Arts: Reader's Theater Grades (7-9)
Open To:

Students in Grades 7-9

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

Students actively participate in class by reading scripts adapted from literature using vocal expression to convey meaning and portray characters while focusing on pronunciation, fluency, voice clarity, and volume. (This course earns 30 hours of Fine Arts experience, which may be combined by 9th grade students, with other Fine Arts activities when working towards Fine Art credit.) Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

Cost: $300.00
French Conversation Lab (Middlebury)
Open To:

Students Grades 6-12 concurrently registered in accompanying Middlebury course. Knowledge of Latin Grammar is a plus and students concurrently enrolled in Latin are given preference upon enrollment. 

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

Students meet weekly to practice conversation and pronunciation. The Middlebury courses can be purchased here: https://shop.middleburyinteractive.com/  Middlebury tracks grades for the family to turn into the consultant. This lab along with a full year of Middlebury Interactive would meet our requirements for a full credit of the foreign language. The semester completed over the year would be designated by the level of course it is along with an  A for first semester of the course if that was what was completed, or a B for second semester of course. This course is appropriate for students who are taking Latin concurrently, or have completed the grammar appropriate to a Latin I. These courses are expected to expand the student's experience with languages, not to replace Latin. Class meets once a week, 45 minutes duration.

Cost: $362.00
Health - Summer Class
Open To:

Students in 10th-12th Grade

Materials Used:

Casti Connubii & the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Description:

A 4-week intensive course focused on health, culminating in a paper. The MODG Health course uses the encyclical Casti Connubii, supplemented with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The entire text of the encyclical Casti Connubi can be found in the MODG Health syllabus, which your consultant can load to your family site. This course provides the student with an excellent overview of the Catholic moral teaching on marriage, sexuality, and family life. Open to students in Grades 10-12. Students receive 0.5 credits.     

June 23rd, June 30th, July 7th, July 14th.
TWO SECTIONS AT 11:00 AM PACIFIC TIME
ONE SECTION AT 1:00 PM PACIFIC TIME

 

June 24th, July 1st, July 8th, July 15th
ONE SECTION AT 11:00 AM PACIFIC TIME
ONE SECTION AT 1:00 PM PACIFIC TIME

 

ONE ADDITIONAL SECTION TBA

 

Cost: $120.00
Intro to Philosophy
Open To:

Students in Grade 11-12.

Materials Used:

See booklist on family site

Description:

RIGOR COURSE. This one-credit course gives an introduction to the various areas of philosophy, beginning with an introduction to logic, which is prior to philosophy. It also gives an overview of natural philosophy, ethics, and distinguishes Metaphysics from these There will be an emphasis in second semester on Aristotle’s Physics, which treats of the principles of nature and is a precursor to understanding the study of God in nature. Students will become familiar with key philosophical terms, including the four causes and act and potency, which are foundational to any further philosophical and even theological consideration. To facilitate reading and discussion the class will meet twice a week for one hour each.
Class meets twice a week, 60 minutes duration.
1 HS Credit.

Cost: $530.00
Journalism/News Production - Fall Semester
Open To:

Grade 11-12 students. (Grade 10 students with permission.)

Materials Used:

Materials provided.

Description:

RIGOR COURSE. Journalism is the one semester prerequisite class for News Production. In this class, students learn the principles of journalism. Students will also be producing a few stories for the student news site. This class will meet with the LS News Production class. The News Production class produces content for the student news site www.modgnews.com. Students photograph, interview, design graphics, and write in this class. Students sign up for News Production on a semester basis. There is no limit to the number of semesters.

Class meets once a week, 75 minutes duration.

0.5 HS credit if done in Grades 11 or above.

Cost: $265.00
Journalism/News Production - Spring Semester
Open To:

Grade 11-12 students. (Grade 10 students with permission.)

Materials Used:

Materials provided.

Description:

RIGOR COURSE. Journalism is the one semester prerequisite class for News Production. In this class, students learn the principles of journalism. Students will also be producing a few stories for the student news site. This class will meet with the LS News Production class. The News Production class produces content for the student news site www.modgnews.com. Students photograph, interview, design graphics, and write in this class. Students sign up for News Production on a semester basis. There is no limit to the number of semesters.

Class meets once a week, 75 minutes duration.

0.5 HS credit if done in Grades 11 or above.

Cost: $265.00
SS-12: Fine Arts
Open To:

Students in Grades 9-12 with consultant & office approval

Description:

A combined fine arts class covering Art and Music Appreciation. Students will be introduced to artists and composers of the same time period, in order to discuss the characteristics of each era. Virtual museum tours may be included. This should be a lot of fun and will coordinate with the main seasons of the Liturgical year. Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

There are two parts to the Fine Arts course. The required part involves class time, weekly quizzes, and a few worksheets per semester. This amounts to 0.5 credits. For another 0.5 credit, the student may choose to complete theory worksheets, museum tours, and music listening. If the student is having a hard time meeting the log hour goal, contact the teacher.

Students taking LS - SS-12: Fine Arts must also take:

  • LS - SS-12: Am Gov & Econ
  • LS - SS-12: English 12
  • LS - SS-12: Religion 12 & Health
  • LAB - SS-12: Private Writing Lab
Cost: $292.00
Test Prep - Fall Semester
Open To:

Students in Grades 10-12

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

Students meet every week to study math or English/reading in a group. Class prep time will be about 1/2 to 1 hour a week. This is a one semester class. Students are welcome to attend both semesters, however, as different material will be covered in  each semester.  Test Prep uses material from SAT, ACT & CLT (Classic Learning Test). Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

Optional 0.5 credit/semester

Cost: $241.00
Test Prep - Spring Semester
Open To:

Students in Grades 10-12

Materials Used:

All materials provided.

Description:

Students meet every week to study math or English/reading in a group. Class prep time will be about 1/2 to 1 hour a week. This is a one semester class. Students are welcome to attend both semesters, however, as different material will be covered in  each semester.  Test Prep uses material from SAT, ACT & CLT (Classic Learning Test). Class meets once a week, 60 minutes duration.

Optional 0.5 credit/semester

Cost: $241.00