US History and American Government • Summer Orientation

Holli Herdig Manzo will be offering US History and American Government for the 2018-2019 Academic Term

Scholars Online is delighted to welcome teacher Holli Herdig Manzo, who will be offering American Government and US History with us for the 2018-2019 academic term. Mrs. Manzo studied with Scholars Online in high school and during a gap year before attending the University of California, Los Angeles.

At UCLA, she combined her love of history, languages, and politics and earned a B.A. in Greek & Latin and Political Science. She was a recipient of the Helen Lane Merit Scholarship for Language Study and the Joan Palevsky Award for Extraordinary Achievement in the Department of Classics. She graduated cum laude in 2015 as a member of the Honors College.

Since then, she has worked as a language and humanities instructor and tutor throughout the greater Los Angeles area and is a 7th grade Latin teacher at a private school in Santa Monica, CA.

Scholars Online 2018-2019 History and Government Curriculum

Click on the course name for Scholars Online course descriptions including tuition and textbook information; follow the teachers' syllabus links in the course descriptions for detailed information about subjects covered, assignments, and holidays.

World History I (Prehistory-1750)Drs. Bruce and Christe McMenomyMonday-Wednesday
4:00p-5:30p ET
World History II (1750-Current) Drs. Bruce and Christe McMenomyMonday-Wednesday
6:00p-7:30p ET
United States History Holli Herdig ManzoTuesday-Thursday
6:00p - 7:30p ET
American Government Holli Herdig Manzo Tuesday 2:30p-4:00p
Thursday 10:00a-11:30a ET

Summer Course Enrollment Reminder • Orientation Sessions

The 2018 summer session runs from June 11 - August 17, 2018 (individual courses may span different periods within the session, so check your course description for exact start dates). Summer classes are a great way for students to build new skills in fun but still useful ways and for new students to learn their way around the Scholars Online chat and Moodle. Click on the course name to see descriptions of class schedules and costs, and on syllabus links to see detailed course content and assignments.

Enrollment must be completed by June 3 to ensure placement in the course; membership and registration dues must be paid for access to orientation during the week of June 4-8. Payment in full is due before students can attend course chat sessions. Enrollments received after June 3 may not be processed in time for students to attend orientation or the first sessions of their course.

Summer Term Orientation Sessions
Monday4 June 20188pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific
Wednesday6 June 20183pm Eastern / noon Pacific
Friday8 June 2018 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
LITERATURE: Explore the many facets of J.R.R. Tolkien's creation in Looking at Middle-earth. Discussions will focus on Tolkien's world-building, use of language, his theology of "subcreation", and his work as a philologist. Students are expected to have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Sample a range of Shakespeare's comedy, tragedy, and history plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night in Summer Shakespeare I. Students taking Scholars Online's literature series, supplemented with Summer Shakespeare II and III, have the opportunity to study and discuss all of Shakespeare's plays. [Full syllabus]
COMPOSITION Gain practical writing skills with Molding Your Prose. This popular course requires short weekly writing exercises, with students analyzing each other's work to learn to identify and improve their own writing.
SCIENCE Younger students can establish basic competence and advanced students can jumpstart their academic year AP science course with an overview of key theories and concepts in chemistry, as well as gain insight into the history of science. The Chemical History of the Candle provides a survey of the fundamental concepts of modern chemistry and chemical reactivity, helping students develop observational laboratory skills using Michael Faraday's 1861 lectures and demonstrations. Students planning to take the Scholars Online AP Chemistry course will be able to count advanced lab work from this course toward their AP lab requirements. [Full syllabus]
PROGRAMMING For the computer novice, our Starting from Scratch course provides a unique opportunity to assemble loops, variables, if-then-else controls, motion and sound code blocks to create animations using the MIT SCRATCH platform, an online programming site. No prior programming background is required...just curiosity and a willingness experiment with new ideas. [Full Syllabus]

Adults and older students who want to review materials, gain new skills, or just discuss classic works of drama and literature are welcome to join any of our summer courses.

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Dr. Bruce A. McMenomy • Dr. Christe A. McMenomy

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