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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Middle & High School Literature and Writing: King Arthur

Update: This live course has concluded and is available now as a recorded course through our Unlimited Access! Service. This is a great way to learn at your own pace when your schedule allows. To subscribe or learn more: Middle and High School Catholic Online Classes

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Class dates: Saturdays, September 10 to December 3, 2011 (plus two weeks for paper turn around)
Total classes: 12
Starting time: 11 am Eastern (10 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: The ability and willingness to read approximately 10-15 pages per day; write 2 page papers every 3 weeks; a fair to ample interest in fantasy or medieval romance; and a love for things knightly!
Suggested grade level: 7th to 9th grade
High school credit: 1 full semester credit for English (9th grade)
Fee: $150 for all 12 classes.
Instructor: Dayspring Brock
Course description: This course is for those who have heard of King Arthur and are intrigued by the twisting, winding tales that surround his legend. Our theme for the course will be “The Heroic.” These stories often show how the hero or the knight finds his way through a maze of temptation to find the good. The medieval times were complex and shifting times. A hero who was capable of facing the unknown and finding courage and hope through the aid of faith in God presented hope for mankind. Sound familiar? We will explore what medieval heroes do that made them heroic and what happens when heroes lose their footing.
Course outline:
Class 1: Arthur in Latin, Welsh, and British Traditions
Classes 2 to 4: The Once and Future King
Class 5: Chretien De Troyes: Lancelot or The Knight of the Cart (PDF)
Classes 6 to 8: Tristan and Iseult
Class 9 to 10: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Class 11: excerpts from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Idylls of the King
Class 12: Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte DAathur (PDF)
Course materials:
1. The Once and Future King by Terence Hanbury White, ISBN 978-0441003839;
2. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (Dover Books ) J. Bedier (Adapter), Hilaire Belloc, ISBN 978-0486440194;
3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien, ISBN 978-0345277602;
4. Idylls of the King and a New Selection of Poems (Signet Classics) Alfred Tennyson, ISBN 978-0451528759.
It’s best if you use the same publications as listed here. There will be a couple of readings that are excerpts from texts. The instructor will provide them free as PDF files.
Homework: Once-a-week quizzes. Papers due weeks every 2 to 3 weeks. Graded work will be returned before December 16.

Equipment requirements:
Classes are online, live and interactive. Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.

Miss Brock will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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