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Introduction to Greek

Instructor: Noah Diekemper


Dates & Times:  Monday and Thursday evenings, June 4 - August 9, 2018 @ 7:30 - 9:00 pm (no classes during the weeks of June 11 and July 2)
Location:  Manor House, 1487 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grade 7 through Adult
Cost:  $200

Have you ever wanted to read the word of God, not in some translation sometimes criticized as being “loose” or in some other sometimes called “wooden”—but in the original? Thankfully, God wrote the New Testament in one of the easier languages there is to learn, a dialect called “koine Greek.” Learning how to read Greek in the New Testament (or at least get you well on your way) is the object of this course. Whether your curious mind is now in Dialectic or Rhetoric years, or belongs to the parent community of life-long learners, we will help you understand what you need to know to start reading the Greek New Testament. We will walk through the first half or so of William Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Workbook, learn the basics of the language’s structure and forms, memorize the one hundred vocabulary words that account for more than one-half of the New Testament’s 138,000 total words, and become completely familiar with the famous Greek alphabet.

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Become a Mathlete!

Instructor: Jeff Farr


Dates & Times:  Thursday evenings, June 7 - August 9, 2018 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm (no class on July 5)
Location:  Main Campus, 911 Generals Highway, Millersville, MD
Level:  Completed Grades 6-8
Cost:  $125

This course prepares high-achieving middle school students to tackle advanced math problems from competitions such as MATHCOUNTS and the American Mathematics Competition. Topics will include geometry, probability, number theory and algebra. Students will develop the mathematical maturity needed to approach these exciting, sophisticated problems.

Dr. Jeff Farr is a mathematician and coach of the Rockbridge Academy Math Club. In order to fully participate, students should have a mastery of arithmetic, fractions and the basics of geometry.

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Rhetoric Readings

Instructor: JD Head

On Faerie, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Dates & Times:  Tuesday mornings, June 12 - July 31, 2018 @ 8:00 - 9:30 am (no class on July 3rd)
Location:  Manor House, 1487 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grade 9 through Adult
Cost:  $20 per session or $125 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of books
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

“I propose to speak about fairy-stories, though I am aware that this is a rash adventure. Faerie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary and dungeons for the overbold… The realm of fairy story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things…”

So says Tolkien in the essay that will, despite his warning, serve as our guide through the realm of Faerie this summer. Beginning with the beginning – Andrew Lang’s seminal collection of folk and fairy tales – we will then move on to reading and discussing Tolkien’s essay, and then applying what we glean from it to several kinds of works: George MacDonald’s Phantastes, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. The final two weeks will begin to explore the place of science fiction with fairy-stories, reading several of Lewis’ essays on fantasy and science fiction, and then reading the classic post-apocalyptic tale A Canticle for Leibowitz.

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  • June 12 - Selections from The Blue Fairy Book - by Andrew Lang (ISBN-13 978-0486214375)
  • June 19 - "On Faerie Stories"; Smith of Wooten Major; Leaf by Niggle - by J.R.R. Tolkein (ISBN 13 978-0345345066)
  • June 26 - Phantastes - by George MacDonald (ISBN-13 978-0802860606)
  • July 3 - No class (Wednesday is July 4th)

  • July 10 - Alice in Wonderland - by Lewis Carroll (ISBN-13 978-0486275437)
  • July 17 - The Last Unicorn - by Peter S. Beagle (ISBN-13 978-0451450524 Roc Trade)
  • July 24 - Selections from Of Other Worlds - by C.S. Lewis (ISBN-13 978-0062643544 Harper)
  • July 31 - A Canticle for Leibowitz - by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (ISBN-13 978-0553273816 Bantam)

 

Dialectic Discussions

Instructor: JD Head

Transformation and Emergence

Dates & Times:  Tuesday mornings, June 12 - July 31, 2018 @ 10:00 - 11:30 am (no class on July 3rd)
Location:  Belvoir Manor House, 1487 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grades 7-9
Cost:  $20 per session or $125 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of materials
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

The works for this summer course all share one question: do circumstances cause people to transform – or do their true selves emerge?

In Farmer Giles of Ham, Tolkien uses a dragon to bring out the best in a simple farmer, and the man who emerges is a hero…of sorts. The beautiful (and often comic) fantasy classic The Last Unicorn gives us the story of a unicorn who turns into a princess - and the hero who turns her back again at great cost to himself. In the case of Stevenson’s famous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a potion causes one man’s darker side to emerge. Finally, John Knowles’ classic A Separate Peace uses friendship and rivalry as the source of a major change in the life of the protagonist, Gene, at an all-boys school in New England at the beginning of World War II.

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  • June 12 - Farmer Giles of Ham - by J.R.R. Tolkein (ISBN-13 978-0345336064 Del Ray)
  • June 19 - The Last Unicorn, chapters 1-9 - by Peter S. Beagle (ISBN 13 978-0451450524 Roc Trade)
  • June 26 - The Last Unicorn, chapters 1-14
  • July 3 - No class (Wednesday is July 4th)

  • July 10 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - by Robert Louis Stevenson (ISBN-13 978-0486266886 Dover Thrift)
  • July 17 - A Separate Peace, chapters 1-5 - by John Knowles (ISBN-13 978-0743253970 Scribner)
  • July 24 - A Separate Peace, chapters 6-8
  • July 31 - A Separate Peace, chapters 9-14

 

Grammar Book Club

Instructor: JD Head

Fairy Tales in Red and Blue

Dates & Times:  Tuesday mornings, June 12 - July 24, 2018 @ 12:00 - 1:00 pm (no class on July 3rd)
Location:  Belvoir Manor House, 1487 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grades 4-6
Cost:  $20 per session $100 for all 6 sessions, plus cost of materials
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

Andrew Lang was a famous folklorist; he collected stories from all over the world and compiled them into a series of books named by color. This summer, we have the chance to explore and discuss selections from two books in the series: The Blue Fairy Book and The Red Fairy Book. Grammar students interested in fairy tales – the weird, the wild, and the wonderful – should sign up. Little out-of-class work is expected; arrive with a book and a willingness to read and discuss the fantastical with other readers, and you will be introduced to an amusing and somewhat overlooked series of classic works.

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  • June 12, 19, 26 - The Blue Fairy Tale Book - by Andrew Lang (ISBN-13 978-0486214375 Dover Thrift)
  • July 3 - No class (Wednesday is July 4th)

  • July 10, 17, 24 - The Red Fairy Tale Book - by Andrew Lang (ISBN-13 978-0486216737 Dover Thrift)

 

The Classical Sampler

Instructor: JD Head

Paradise Lost

Dates & Times:  Tuesday evenings, June 12 - July 31, 2018 @ 7:30 - 9:00 pm (no class on July 3rd)
Location:  Belvoir Manor House, 1487 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed grades 9 through adults
Cost:  $20 per session or $125 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of books
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

“I started Paradise Lost, but I was never able to finish it.”

The goal of this evening class: to help those who have started but never finished this work to…finish it. With enjoyment.

In the words of one freshman (Temi Ajuwon), "Paradise Lost is a piece of fan fiction – maybe the ultimate fan fiction because Milton dares to 'justify the ways of God to man.'” Free-will, sin, guilt, the war in Heaven, the creation of the world, the fall of Satan, the creation of sin: all of these topics and more serve as rich fodder for Milton’s agile mind, and, with a little prodding, guidance, and discussion, this daunting epic can become for us what Milton originally meant it to be – a catalyst for praising the God Who rules over all.

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  • June 12 - Book 1: Satan in Hell - Satan discovers himself in Hell and plans a second rebellion.
  • June 19 - Books 2-3: Satan's Plan - Satan "escapes" Hell and goes to take revenge; Messiah offers Himself up for Man.
  • June 26 - Books 4-5: Satan in Paradise - Satan discovers Eden, refuses to repent, and sets out to ruin mankind.
  • July 3 - No class (Wednesday is July 4th)

  • July 10 - Books 6-8: War in Heaven - God's angel warns Adam of Satan; Adam hears the history of the War in Heaven.
  • July 17 - Book 9: Man Falls - Eve, then Adam, eats the fruit...and the fall begins.
  • July 24 - Book 10: God Judges - Messiah pronounces the Doom He knows He will take for us.
  • July 31 - Books 11-12: God Redeems - Adam is given hope through God's plan for Redemptive history.