Starting Points

Building a Biblical Worldview. Lively and free exchange of ideas!

Credits:

  • English 1
  • U.S. History 1
  • Bible/Theology/Apologetics 1

Description:

  • British Literature. Learn to read critically as you
    • Experience great literary works
    • Interpret those texts
    • Implement study skills: Cornell note-taking and Annotating
  • Writing, College-prep      
    • Develop your writing skills as you express your ideas and analysis
    • Reflect on and analyze a variety of literary works
    • Support your own interpretations and evaluations of literary works as you express your ideas in
      • Expository
      • Persuasive essays
    • A method of color-coding individual paragraphs so that every point is backed up/supported with details or examples.
  • U.S. History: Never Before In HistoryA Study of America’s Inspired Birth, Amos and Gardiner, from 11th century Common Law, 13th century Magna Carta, to the 16th century thoughts and ideas of the Reformation in Europe, to the 1789 Amendments to our Constitution, the inspiring truth behind Americas birth which is not found in public school textbooks!   Student gain perspective on the truth behind our constitution.
    • Relationships between causes and consequences of events or processes.
    • Identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time
    • Connect them to larger historical processes or themes, change and continuity over time
    • Compare historical developments across or within societies in various chronological and geographical contexts.
    • Connect historical developments to specific circumstances of time and place, and to broader regional, national, or global processes.
  • Developing a Biblical Worldview through Bible study and the study of several outstanding apologetics (defending or proving the truth of Christianity)
    • Know Why You Believe, Little
    • Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
    • The Deadliest Monster by J.F. Baldwin of Worldview Academy
    • Assumptions that Affect Our Lives: How Worldviews Determine Values that Influence Behavior and Shape Culture, which compares Greek philosophy & Hebrew wisdom, by Christian Overman,
    • When Worldviews Collide, a brief but engaging survey (workbook with DVD) including witnessing tools of the 4 major religions–Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism written by Ergun Caner, a former Muslim who found Christ in high school.  Students enjoy this dynamic, compassionate and logical presenter (teacher provides since it’s out of print)

SCOPE and SEQUENCE

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.

PART 2 Examining Literature from the Biblical World View — Going beyond plot, character, and theme in this section of Starting Points, students 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

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 help also in building our faith in Jesus Christ!

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

Summer Assignments:

  • Read Do Hard Things, Alex and Brett Harris
  • Read Know Why You Believe, Little
  • Suggested:  Writers’ Workshop (free).  Easy, fun topics with group activities, to prepare for the type of paragraphing taught in Starting Points. Dates to be announced.  Will be offered 2x

Prerequisites

This course is for students who are interested in knowing God more, who are willing to apply themselves in studying the material. There will be a 4 week grace period, to see if this course is a fit.

A willing attitude

Turn in assignments on time

Not a distraction to others; the teacher is one of the others

Minimum Students = 8
Maximum Students = 12

Textbooks:

It’s of utmost importance that students so that we’re all looking at the same page during lively discussions.  Therefore the teacher will place an order for first semester books, including a Bible:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeFrankenstein , Mere ChristianityC. S. LewisThe Deadliest MonsterChronicles of Narnia:  Magician’s Nephew, C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, The Silver Chair, Voyage of the Dawntreader, C. S. Lewis

Teacher Provides, out of print, When Worldviews Collide, a brief but engaging survey (workbook with DVD) including witnessing tools of the 4 major religions–Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—written by Ergun Caner, a former Muslim who found Christ in high school.  Students enjoy this dynamic, compassionate and logical presenter.

Parents Please Purchase:

  • A Writers Guide to Transitional Words and Phrases (any edition)    $7.99
  • Hinds’ Feet on High Place, collector’s edition, ISBN  978-1577489184  $9.97  a favorite,  or paperback ISBN 978-1617200052  $7.49 to be read over Christmas

In January, teacher will order

Assumptions that Affect Our Lives: How Worldviews Determine Values that Influence Behavior and Shape Culture, Christian Overman, #0-9714532-7-6, $16 & Never Before in History: America’s Inspired Birth, Amos and Gardiner, or any edition, ISBN 0-964210428 or any edition, $35

Fees & Info

Tuition $75
Material Fee:  $70 for Bible & first-semester books and copy fee                                                                                                                                                                        
Grade Level  8-12
Homework Hours  8-10

Supplies Needed:

Journal of student’s choice; 2” 3 ring binder, 2 two-pocket folders, 8 dividers, a spiral notebook for note-taking, highlighters, a cheerful attitude 🙂


Starting Points Testimonials for 2016

I love how every week, everyone always shares what they enjoyed a what spoke to them, and how when someone shares, another five hands shoot up to back it up or say what they thought. The class in general is amazing.

I love how we go in depth in God's word and provide our own insight into what we think it's saying.

You, not trying to be a suck up, are truly great: your personal stories, your knowledge of the Word, your being personal and honest with us, and your letting us lead the class sometimes.

It shows you trust us enough to let us be in control sometimes.

The go-with-the-flow way you teach helps us because that's how we go about life!

The class is amazing and every Wednesday I look forward to coming!

(guy)


Starting points to me is a lot of work, but the work is worth it! I am learning a lot through this class about myself and about God.

I personally love to talk about religion and philosophy. To me, it is exhilarating to be able to talk with people about my standpoint on the aspects of life that are beyond the comprehension of man, for example God, man's origin, life after death. To see what other people my age think about life is really fun.

Although my teacher, Mrs. Johnson, is strict, I do love her very much for being so. I love the way that she thoroughly grades; it helps me sharpen my skills.

I also love how open she is to answering my questions and how understanding she is.

Through this course I have been able to firmly state and understand what my worldview is. This course is truly a privilege to take. Thank you.

(guy)


I enjoy how we have discussions with each other and that we can agree on some topics. We may get rowdy, but I think it's because we've developed such good relationships in this class! I enjoy having people lead the discussions and seeing their different ways of leading.

I'd like to think that we all have found some sort of spiritual gift in this group, and I pray that we are using those gifts outside of class.

Mrs. Johnson: spunky personality, 😄 great storyteller, shares interesting scenarios she's experienced.

(girl)


This class is awesome! I LOVE getting to know the people in class and to know better those I already knew. The homework isn't always fun, but I know it's helping me develop my worldview which is something I will need for my whole life.

It's very interesting to hear other people’s thoughts on the same subject because we get several points of view.

Hopefully the class will bond even more and we will become even more family like. I hope that we will continue to be friends, even after class is out for the summer.

It's SO COOL to get together with other Christians and talk about things that we wouldn't normally.

The people I already knew before Starting Points wouldn't have talked about their faith before the class, but now we do it when we get together!

Plus, Mrs. J is AWESOME.

(girl)


I feel like this class has inspired my spiritual life, as well as my academics. Our teacher is very understanding, even when we fall short of her expectations. I really see my fellow peers applying themselves, even if they are silly. Or, if they fail, they want to make it up. Not just because they got a bad grade, but because they care about absorbing the information.

Most people in this class are chill. They push me to a higher level of thinking. Boys outnumber the girls, 7 to 5, but that's OK. We all try hard.

(guy)


I love this class, except for the homework. It is extremely time-consuming. I know you cannot change how much homework we do but for next year students, I think only read two chapters a week.

I love the class discussions. I feel this is preparing me for life in group settings, and I am being able to make more friends.

I like it also when we share life stories and connect them to the book we are reading or the Bible. Thank you for giving me grace this year and telling me what I need to do differently. That is how I learn. I love this class and it really is preparing me for Worldviews and life. Thank you Mrs. Johnson! ❤

(girl)


Fun, got grades increased (with revisions), teacher gives 102%, class discussion, awesome teacher who can read my writing 😊

(guy)


I love how his class gives us a wide expanse of reading. It shows us the sides of other faiths that we don't see every day. I love how Starting Points gives us time to discuss with people our age. Our teacher is very inclusive and very merciful. We get to see all the sides of religion, and we get to see other people’s view of God, man, suffering, history, etc.

It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun. We have some contentions, but it's all friendly. I like our teacher: she loves God and us and is very encouraging. She lets us lead discussions. In the early months the course showed us the ins and outs of the Christian worldview. And the second term it shows us what others think of God, history, ethics, suffering etc.

(guy)


This class is fun. I just don't like that it is so long. It gets hard to pay attention by the end. It wasn't at all what I expected it to be. In the beginning of the year, this class was so hard and I really didn't like it. This class definitely takes up a lot of my time. I have been getting a lot out of this class. I feel like my relationship with God is stronger. All of the books are very interesting, and some I think I may read again.

(girl)