Honors History 11

Era of Christendom

This course is an introduction to the post-Pagan Roman world (which encompassed the province of Britannia, in the west, to the Kingdoms of Armenia and Georgia in the east), and to the expansion and transformation of that world, i.e. the new lands won for Christ by missionaries and the renewal or abolition of many western and central European institutions and traditions.  More than this, the Kolbe 11th grade History Course is an attempt to present as an elaborate thriving organism, an often slandered or overlooked period in which the Christian ideal shaped and inspired the social and political order.

Students will study this era through its sources, occasionally comparing them against the judgments of modern historians, in order to form an impression that is marred neither by the pejoratives of progressives nor the sense of vindication often voiced by Catholics.  Students will be able to identify the greater themes of this era and to distinguish between the vagaries of life in this (or any) era, the anomalies of this era, and its ideals.  An over-emphasis on particulars—a trick of progressive and anti-Catholic historians—is misleading.  Similarly, the person who passes judgment on this era with reference to only the political formulations issued by popes and the recorded aspirations of saints will have obscured or overlooked a very complex culture.  In short, the goal is to let this era manifest itself to the student, while supplying occasional readings or glosses that put the readings in proper context.

For this reason, the Kolbe 11th Grade curriculum is entitled The Era of Christendom, rather than “Dark Ages Curriculum”, for the designation “Dark Ages” is shamefully derogatory and unscientific, as the historian Theodor Ernst Mommsen observed.  We feel it is important therefore that even something so seemingly insignificant as the title of the course suggest a fresh approach to this subject.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (H) credit will have eight papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course.

Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • 11th Grade History: The Era of Christendom Reader, Kolbe Academy Publishing – Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  Optional physical copy available for purchase under the History 11 “Optional Material” section in the Kolbe Bookstore.
  • Byzantium: Church, Society, and Civilization Seen through Contemporary Eyes, Deno Geanakoplos
  • Viking Portable Medieval Reader, James Bruce Ross & Mary Martin McLaughlin
  • Chronicles, Froissart, Jean
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 2: Paper Topic* Week 2: Paper Topic*
Week 3: Paper Topic* Week 5: Paper Topic*
Week 5: Paper Topic* Week 6: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 10: Paper Topic* Week 10: Paper Topic*
Week 11: Paper Topic* Week 11: Paper Topic*
Week 14: Paper Topic* Week 13: Paper Topic*
Week 16: Paper Topic* Week 15: Paper Topic*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading the paper assignments.  Each paper assignment will have the rubric available for the student in the course.

 

Course Details:

Section Number

SCH-11H

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)

Lecturer

Mr. Schultz

Lecture Format

Self-Paced

Tuition

$499

Honors Fee

$69

Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus

$200

Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation

 H

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Literature of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II

Online Companion Courses

Literature of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

History 11

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.

 

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