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Humanities at Planet Homeschool | Spring 2023 To Publications / Articles

Posted 11/4/22

Art History

Tuesdays, 10 January–9 May 2023 online

16 weeks — no classes on Tue 21 Feb or Tue 11 Apr

2nd Period (11:00 AM–12:15 PM)

A sketch drawn by Natali Jorgensen, inspired by “In the Streets of Sarajevo,” by John McCutcheon.Art and Music as Agents of Change

Rebekah Jorgensen

  • ages 12–19 years

A look from a historical/current events perspective on arts (music, visual art, etc) and their influence on/response to current events. Depending on student interest, the course may focus on a particular genre/time period but will include discussion/information/examples from a variety of issues and historical events.

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Civics and Government (which can also be classed as a Social Science)

Fridays, 6 January–5 May 2023 at Planet Homeschool

16 weeks — no classes on Fri 17 Feb or Fri 7 Apr

3rd Period (12:30 PM–1:45 PM)

Cover image of the Foreign Policy Institute’s Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book features a worker standing in front of pipes stacked at the Nord Stream 2 facility at Mukran on Ruegen Islandon. Photo by Carsten Koall taken on October 19, 2017, in Sassnitz, Germany.Great Decisions: America's Global Affairs

Theresa Redfern-Hall

  • ages 12–19 years

Using the Foreign Policy Institute’s Great Decisions curriculum, this class will delve into topics such as energy geopolitics, war crimes, China and the U.S., Russia and the U.S., economic warfare, politics and drug policy in Latin America, global famine, Iran, climate migration and climate change, and outer space. We will also discuss local and national news in each class. Discerning media bias, the use of multiple news sources, and fact-checking will also be part of the class.

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Creative Writing

Fridays, 6 January–5 May 2023 at Planet Homeschool

16 weeks — no classes on Fri 17 Feb or Fri 7 Apr

2nd Period (10:35 AM–11:50 AM)

Photo at Point Reyes National Seashore, Inverness, United States.Creative Writing: Fantasy

Tim Hereid

  • ages 12–19 years

Fantasy is the oldest form of storytelling. From the creation stories of the Dakota to the Epic of Gilgamesh to The Odyssey to Beowulf, we have always found comfort in tales of brave heroes and hideous beasts, of new worlds and ancient magics, of powerful rulers and epic dangers.

In this class, we will read, write and maybe even publish fantasy. We’ll take a look at the most powerful tropes (story types) in fantasy writing, and read masters of fantasy like Alice Bradley Sheldon, Neil Gaiman, and Susanna Clarke. We’ll talk about keeping dragons, casting spells, wielding swords, defeating tyrant kings, encountering the fae, contending with demons, avoiding imps, and defeating wizards. We’ll write long and short fiction, as preferred by the individual student.

Students will write in each class period and have writing homework. In class, we will share our work. We will encourage positive constructive critique that leads the writer to write more.

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Literature

Fridays, 6 January–5 May 2023 at Planet Homeschool

16 weeks — no classes on Fri 17 Feb or Fri 7 Apr

Fridays — 2nd Period (10:35 AM–11:50 AM)

Tuesdays, 10 January–9 May 2023 online

16 weeks — no classes on Tue 21 Feb or Tue 11 Apr

Tuesdays — 3rd Period (12:30 PM–1:45 PM)

A panel of four paintings: Griffin. Sea serpent. Burning tree. Grey owl.Freaky Folklore - Exploring Literature's Unusual Twists

Rebekah Jorgensen

  • ages 12–19 years

Authors have long been writing about the unexplained. In this course, we’ll explore themes in classic and modern literature that relate to myths, folklore, and urban legends. The class will discuss the historical and cultural context of various books and short stories, as well as the themes and truths that one can find in literature - even when the existence of the subject matter can not be proved.

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Religious Studies

Fridays, 6 January–5 May 2023 at Planet Homeschool

16 weeks — no classes on Fri 17 Feb or Fri 7 Apr

1st Period (9:15 AM–10:30 AM)

Victor Barnard (River Road Fellowship), Keith Raniere (NXIVM), Charles Manson (The Manson Family), David Koresh (Branch Davidians), Luc Jouret (Order of the Solar Temple), Shoko Asahara (Aum Shinrikyo), Anne Hamilton Byrne (The Family, Santiniketan Park Association, Great White Brotherhood), Marshall Applewhite (Heaven’s Gate), Jim Jones (The Peoples Temple), Aravindan Balakrishnan (Comrade Bala, The Workers’ Institute).Cults and Extreme Religions

Theresa Redfern-Hall

  • ages 12–19 years

This class provides students with the opportunity to ask and find out “What is a cult?”, “How do cults draw in followers?” and “Why do people join cults?” We will also look at what is an “extreme religion,” and what characteristics separate those extreme religions from other religions.

We will begin an analysis of Maslov’s hierarchy of needs and a brief survey of cults throughout history. We will then move into the present time and analyze cults of the recent past and those currently in existence.

This is a class that encourages students to ask many questions and look deeper into the world around them. Some of the areas/types of cults that we will study include: Doomsday or Apocalyptic Cults, The Heaven’s Gate Cult, The People’s Temple (Jim Jones), extreme fundamentalists in the traditional Christian, Hebrew, and Islamic religions, and how extremists have affected the Middle East. We will incorporate readings, documentaries, and class discussions.

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World Languages

Tuesdays, 10 January–9 May 2023 online

16 weeks — no classes on Tue 21 Feb or Tue 11 Apr

1st Period (9:30 AM–10:45 AM)

Three PHS students sign A, S, and LSign Language for Beginners

Tim Hereid

  • ages 10–19 years

This introduction to Sign Language will walk students through the fundamentals of this dynamic and complex form of communication. Taught just like a first-year course in any language, this class will teach grammar, usage, vocabulary, and “survival” sign language to beginning students. The class will be taught simultaneously in English and Sign Language, providing students with a language-intensive environment in which to learn. Students will leave knowing how to negotiate basic social situations in sign language and talk about themselves, their environment, travel, food, clothing, and everyday tasks, among other topics.

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Small Group Online Lessons

Photo of lanterns at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan.Japanese

  • ages 10–19 years

Konnichiwa! Take your interest to the next level and learn Japanese. You will learn to speak and listen through practical conversation you can use daily as well as fun cultural activities and exploration. We will master the complete set of Hiragana and Katakana through writing and reading material relevant to our conversation and cultural exploration. A few key Kanji will be incorporated with a goal of recognition as well as an entry to writing and reading for those who want to extend their studies.

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