Starting Points

Starting Points 2017-2018

Mondays, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Instructor: Kathy Zimmerman (B.A English)        zimmermanj@aol.com        281-491-0932

Class Tuition: $600 per year or 10 equal installments of $60

Supply Fee: $85 per year, due at registration

Course Description: This class is an integrated study of English (literature and writing), History (American), and Biblical Thinking (Bible studies, Worldviews, Philosophy, and Theology). Three credits will be given upon completion of this class.

STARTING POINTS is the biblical world view primer. It is the first place to begin. The purpose of this study is to establish the biblical world view in the hearts and minds of your children. It lays the solid foundation for their own personal lives. It also provides a compass for giving direction in the evaluation of all the ideas that will confront them in life. And finally, this study is an excellent preparatory course for World Views of the Western World.

PART 1 Building the Biblical World View — An inductive Bible study answering the seven world view questions lays the foundation of the Biblical world view for your children. (Weeks 1 through 9.)
PART 2 Examining Literature from the Biblical World View — Going beyond plot, character, and theme in this section of Starting Points your children will learn how to examine the world view of an author of literature or producer of film to determine if the ideas contained within the story are consistent with the Biblical world view. (Weeks 10 through 18.)
PART 3 Speaking the Biblical World View into the Culture — Learning to give a reasoned response explaining the Biblical world view to those living in the 21st century. We are to be ‘lights’ living in the midst of our culture. This section will not only help your children in this regard, but also build their own faith in Jesus Christ! (Weeks 19 through 27.)
PART 4 Applying the Biblical World View to a Nation— A study of the thoughts and ideas surrounding the beginning of our nation. No other modern nation has had such a beginning. (Weeks 28 through 36.)

In addition to the rich material studied in the Starting Points Curriculum, writing skills will be developed through the Institute for Excellence writing program, Student Writing Intensive Level C.

Homework:  4-6 hours/week

Required Materials:
STUDENT WRITING INTENSIVE LEVEL C NOTEBOOK AND PACKET ONLY ($19) from http://iew.com/shop/products/student-writing-intensive-level-c-notebook-packet AND the following materials from http://www.cornerstonecurriculum.com/Curriculum/SP/spbooks.htm  (my students will receive a 10% discount from Cornerstone;  E-mail me for the code) or other sources:

BOOKS
Starting Points Syllabus
Answers for Difficult Days
Know What You Believe

How to Read Slowly

Chronicles of Narnia
– The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy
Frankenstein
Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Deadliest Monster

Know Why You Believe

Mere Christianity

Assumptions

Never Before in History