Don’t Miss These Books: Grammar: Homer Price (Summer)

This 4-lesson mini-course on Homer Price is based on the “Don’t Miss These Books: Grammar Level” class. More than anything else, the “Don’t Miss These Books” series is designed to encourage the love of great books and great stories as an essential preparation for future courses in the language arts (Language Arts 1-4 and The […]

Section: Literature, Summer   |   School: Grammar School

Language Arts Level 1: Old Yeller (Summer)

Writing instruction at WHA begins with Language Arts in the Grammar School and continues through the School of Logic and School of Rhetoric years, culminating in Rhetoric 2: Senior Thesis. The primary goal of our writing process is to teach students how to write coherent, logical, and elegant essays. To accomplish this, students need a […]

Section: Literature, Summer   |   School: Grammar School

Get to Know T. S. Eliot (Summer)

This class provides an introduction to some of the major works of poetry and prose by T.S. Eliot. A late convert to high Anglicanism, Eliot spent his pre-conversion years producing poetry that reacted to the World Wars and the nihilism of the modern age. After his conversion, he produced his self-proclaimed masterwork, “The Four Quartets,” […]

Section: Literature, Summer   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Don’t Miss These Books – Grammar Level

More than anything else, this course is designed to encourage the love of great books and great stories as an essential preparation for future courses in the language arts (Language Arts 1-4 and The Great Conversation).  The primary purpose of the course is to give 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to explore ideas […]

Section: Literature   |   School: Grammar School

Language Arts Level 1

This course introduces students to great works of children’s literature and provides an integrated approach to grammar and writing instruction. Using WHA instructor-developed materials that correspond to the current literary selections, students will work through grammatical concepts such as parsing & classifying sentences, identifying parts of speech and using them correctly, and utilizing correct punctuation […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: Grammar School

Language Arts Level 2

This course introduces students to great works of children’s literature and provides an integrated approach to grammar and writing instruction. Using instructor-provided materials corresponding to the current literary selections, students will work through grammatical concepts such as parsing and diagramming sentences, classifying sentences, identifying parts of speech, and utilizing correct punctuation and capitalization rules. Students […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: Grammar School

Delighting in Poetry (Summer)

Robert Frost maintained that “Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” and Delighting in Poetry Summer Course will aim to do just that! We will examine Emily Dickinson’s obscure fragment poems, as well as read and discuss several of her more well-known poems. Next, we will romp through some unconventional poems, and then we […]

Section: Literature, Summer

Language Arts Level 3

Language Arts 3 consists of engaging literature, comprehensive grammar, and essential composition skills, each part reinforcing the others. The course is designed to prepare students for upper-level coursework. LA3 students will read short stories, novels, and poetry, exploring fundamental literary elements in the process. By digging into these works, students will learn how to understand […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: Grammar School, School of Logic

Language Arts Level 4 (FOEW)

Language Arts 4 emphasizes both literature and composition by focusing on the first three canons of classical rhetoric: invention, arrangement, and elocution. The thoughtful discussions about literary works help LA4 students develop habits of questioning and an appreciation for the art of writing. Students use these skills to write reflective essays that present a logical […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: School of Logic

The Great Conversation 1

Students engage the Great Conversation at its beginning by learning some of the earliest and most beautiful stories ever written, along with the major events and ideas of ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece and Rome. Along with several Bible books, students will study the work of Homer, Herodotus, Livy, Virgil and others. The course also includes […]

The Great Conversation 2

Students encounter The Great Conversation as it unfolded during the Middle Ages through a study of some the most influential works of the medieval times and some works inspired by this period. The course covers the period from the fall of Rome to the death of Elizabeth I and focusses on medieval England due to […]

The Great Conversation 3

Students study some of the most influential writings and events that shaped the modern world, beginning with the Protestant Reformation. Students will continue to develop their ability to both thoughtfully read a great book and to discuss its main ideas and questions with others. Aimed at School of Rhetoric students, class discussions and writing assignments […]

The Great Conversation 6

Covering the same period as The Great Conversation 3, this course is designed for upper level School of Rhetoric students and provides a walking tour of the people, ideas, and books from the Modern Era that have brought us to our present day. Using various works of theology, philosophy, and literature, students will consider how […]

Get to Know Fyodor Dostoevsky

Have you ever wrestled with the tough questions of life? How can there be a good God if there is so much evil in the world? What does Christianity have to do with my culture? What is the relationship between science and religion? What is at the heart of faith in Christ? Join me as […]

Section: Literature   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Modern Literature & Thought

Having worshiped at the altar of unaided Reason in the 18th century, Western Man drifted toward a more subjective, emotionally-driven philosophy of progress and optimism in the 19th century. But a radical shift took place in the 20th century that extinguished the unbridled idealism of the 1800s. At the same time, the West experienced a […]

Section: Literature   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Get to Know Flannery O’Connor (Summer)

In her brief life, Flannery O’Connor wrote two novels and more than 30 short stories that continue to shock and confound readers. O’Connor was a serious theologian and a remarkably gifted writer. Her stories provide perspectives on Christ and the gospel designed to wake up a post-war generation that was giving up hope in objective […]

Section: Literature, Summer   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Get to Know Jane Austen (Summer)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Wilson Hill student in possession of summer vacation must be in want of a class about Jane Austen! Using lively classroom conversations, discussion boards, and student presentations, this class will explore the 19th century social lives of the English gentry. By studying all six of Austen’s engaging […]

Section: Literature, Summer   |   School: School of Rhetoric