The Resource Center is pleased to offer the following series of classes designed to enrich the education of students in home schools, charter schools, and ISPs:
Thursdays, 9/6, 9/13, 9/27 at 2:45 PM
For 5th-12th Grade Students
Super-Size Biology: Three class periods cover amazing facts about the largest living creatures, the smallest creatures, and how they interact with each other in the intricate web of life on earth. Concepts and principles such as scientific method, science measurement, microscopy, ecology, species preservation, animal biology, among others will be integrated into lectures. Classes will include participatory activities.
Science in September is taught by Joe Francis. Dr. Francis is a biologist and currently teaches at The Master’s College. He has degrees in Microbiology and Public Health (B.S.) and Cellular Immunology (PhD). He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has taught 20 years at the college level and has been involved in biology research for 30 years. He has numerous publications in science journals. He also teaches at a science summer camp at the Buena Vista Museum in Bakersfield.
Thursdays, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 at 1:00 PM
For 7th – 12th Grade Students
10/4 A Brief Stroll through the History of Western Art: This talk will give a short introduction to the art of Europe and the Americas from paleolithic art, through ancient Greece and Rome, to the Medieval and Renaissance periods, and into the modern age.
10/11 Where the Modern World was Born: How the Renaissance Changed Everything A closer look at Renaissance Art will show how Europe advanced into the Modern world — by looking back and learning from the ancient Classical cultures of Greece and Rome.
10/18 Art, Beauty, and Reality: Does a painting have to ‘look like’ something in order to be good art? Is abstract art just the work of low-talent artists? Is Picasso really any good? Does art have to be ‘beautiful’ to be appreciated?
Art in October is taught by Grant Horner, a Professor at The Master’s College specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth century culture. His 2010 book Meaning at the Movies was a bestseller and his essays have appeared in a number of publications. He has received numerous teaching awards and appeared on over 100 radio and television programs. He regularly teaches Art History in Europe.
Fridays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 at 10:30 AM
For 9th-12th Grade Students
11/2 Narrative: Students will analyze first person narrative passages from To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and The Old Man and the Sea, and write a personal narration.
11/9 Response to Literature: After reading Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’ and passages from a Shakespearean sonnet, students will write a response piece.
11/16 Essays on Demand: Students will work with sample SAT and AP writing test prompts, learning techniques such as dissecting and attacking a prompt. Students will also learn to synthesize quotes into an essay.
Narrative in November is taught by Linda Hollingsworth. Mrs. Hollingsworth holds a degree in English (emphasis in Creative Writing) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She also studied literature at Oxford, England (emphasis in the Bloomsbury Group) while at SMU. A former columnist for The Signal, Mrs. Hollingsworth currently teaches high school English for Gorman Learning Center and also tutors for the AP English exam.