This course was developed specifically for middle/high school students in homeschooling families. The unique format covers topics in American History and Literature, in the context of a piece of music, and in the spirit of a Christian devotional and Bible study. Specifically, the Christmas carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" will be covered in detail, including the author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the story behind the music, and its connection to the Civil War. Students will view lectures, complete quizzes, write an essay, analyze and write a poem, listen to a Christmas carol and take a test at the end of the class.
The amazing story of the circumstances that lead to the writing of the poem, "Christmas Bells," including the connection with Charles Appleton.
Quiz to recall information presented in the lecture about the story behind the writing of the poem "Christmas Bells" by Longfellow.
Finally, the reading of the poem, discussion of its contents and analysis of its structure.
This PDF will contain the format for the student to follow as (s)he writes a poem in the style of "Christmas Bells:" AABBR, CCDDR, EEFFR, etc.
The wonderful act of putting the powerful words to a stirring melody is discussed. How does the addition of the music affect the strength and meaning of the words?
A quiz to review the material learned about setting the poem 'Christmas Bells' to music.
A list of some of the Biblical principles and Scripture that are affirmed in the life experiences and works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and in the music of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."
A quiz to review what Biblical Principles were affirmed during the study of Longfellow, the Civil War, and Christmas Bells.
I will review the main concepts and pertinent information that have been taught in this class, then wrap it up and conclude.
This is the final evaluation for this class. After completing all the lectures and quizzes, you may use this tool to evaluate what you have learned.
Marni Cunard is a Christian wife, mom, homeschool teacher, and musician who loves her family, her country, and her church. Prior to getting married to her favorite guy, she taught in the public schools for 12 years, and was the principal percussionist in a regional orchestra. Currently she is the pianist in her local church. She gave up her 'paying' career to homeschool her two boys, which is the toughest job she's ever loved. Now, she is hoping to put her passion for teaching to work outside her home again as she launches her first online course specifically for homeschooled students. When she's not teaching or doing laundry, she enjoys baking homemade bread, reading great books and listening to political commentary on YouTube.