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AUTHORS OF LIBERTY
Online ages 11-16
Sept 2022 - May 2023
Spring semester begins Jan 4, 2023
Wednesdays 10am Pacific on Zoom
Authors of Liberty
With the United States Constitution, other founding documents, and classic literature as the backbone of this course, students will engage in hands-on, fun and inspiring educational activities as they wend their way through early American history (American Revolution up to WW1) to current events affecting the U.S. Constitution.
The object of Authors of Liberty is to empower students to become authors of liberty in both their private and public lives. This objective can be realized as students choose to “enlist” in “General Washington’s Army”, and fulfill weekly “missions” at home and alongside their peers. Students will have fun as they challenge one another in moving up the ranks from Private to Sergeant to General, and everything in between, completing selected missions along the way! Such missions include participating in book discussions, engaging in document studies, cooking food from historic periods, serving others in their families and communities, writing letters to congressmen/women, taking on physical fitness challenges and more!
The first portion of Authors of Liberty (Sep-Dec) will focus on events and key characters leading up to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The course then moves (Jan-May) into an in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents while continuing to highlight important figures in history, including both male and female heroes and heroines. Authors of Liberty addresses factors which have altered the U.S. Constitution, including the events of 1913. This course culminates in each student identifying their own unique passions, skills and abilities they will contribute to authoring liberty in their own lives and communities now and throughout their lifetimes.
The books to be read during Authors of Liberty:
Independence by Peter Reese Doyle (Sep)
Bunker Hill by Michael Burgan (Oct)
Victory or Death by Doreen Rappaport & Joan Verniero (Nov)
The Tuttle Twins and the Messed Up Market by Connor Boyack (Dec)
Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Jan)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Feb-Apr)
The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill (Apr)
The Tuttle Twins and Spectacular Show Business (May)
Documents to be studied in Authors of Liberty:
Magna Carta (Sep)
Mayflower Compact (Sep)
Declaration of Independence (Oct-Dec)
Articles of Confederation (Oct)
George Washington’s Farewell Address (Nov)
U.S. Constitution (Jan-May)
Gettysburg Address (Feb)
Transcendental poetry (Mar)
That Which is Seen and That Which is Unseen by Frederick Bastiat (Apr)
GREAT AMERICAN DOCUMENTS DISCUSSION
Join us as we discuss the following American Documents which have influenced and shaped our nation's history.
We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4pm Pacific on Zoom. Register to receive the link.
Suggested $10 donation per session to The Principles of Freedom Foundation.
February 10: Magna Carta
March 10: Mayflower Compact
April 14: Common Sense by Thomas Paine
May 12: The Declaration of Independence
June 23: The U.S. Constitution
July 14: George Washington’s Farewell Address
Aug 11: Thomas Jefferson’s Confidential Letter to Congress (1803) concerning Lewis & Clark
Sept 8: The Gettysburg Address & Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
Oct 13: John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address (1961)
Nov 10: “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Dec 1: “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc” speech by Ronald Reagan (1984)
CONSTITUTION KIDS CLUB
Interest list is currently forming.
Children are our future! In this club, for ages 7-13 years old, we meet weekly to participate in engaging and fun activities which teach and inspire a love of America and its founding principles on which it is built. With games, hands-on workshops, art, LEGO creations, foodie adventures and MORE, there is never a dull moment in this club!
THE FOUNDING GRANDFATHERS
We are familiar with the "founding fathers" of this nation, but who influenced THEM? In this study, we read and discussed the works of some of the "founding grandfathers" whose ideas influenced the "founding fathers" of this great nation we call home.
We met monthly on Zoom and discussed Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Montesquieu.
THE FEDERALIST & ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS DISCUSSION
Self-guided Study and/or Group Discussion
A thought provoking discussion among fellow American citizens on these pivitol and valuable essays pertaining to the importance of, and the inherent dangers of, the United States Constitution. Follow along in the readings and join us in the discussion! Join the interest list at the bottom of this page to be apprised when online classes or discussions form.
PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM 101
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Study the principles of freedom which undergird the foundation of the United States of America. A Guide for Learning and Teaching The Declaration of Independence and The U.S. Constitution by Joseph Andrews is a self-contained curriculum for learning what the title of the book delineates. Use this book as a self-study course or join the interest list at the bottom of this page to be apprised when an online class or in-person class forms.