French History and Virtual Field Trip: 1300 Years of the French Monarchy$175
About this course
THIS COURSE IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER!
Recommended Ages: 10-16
Start Date: September 3. Class runs for 14 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
If you have a student aged 10-16 who has an interest in France this is the class for them! All slides are narrated, so it’s great for young readers and students who prefer to learn with audio. For students who plan on traveling to France (especially Paris) this will be an amazing opportunity for them to truly understand the history behind what they are seeing! This 14 week course, focusing on the French monarchs, will begin with the very beginnings of France herself in the mid-400s, when King Clovis 1 became the first king, and end with the untimely death of Louis XVI at the hands of his own people. We’ll go through each of the dynasties and the monarchs that left their mark on this great nation- sometimes good, sometimes, well….. 😉 We’ll learn about Gauls and Romans and Vikings… People they know- like Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, and Marie Antoinette- and lots of people they’ve never heard of (but should!)….Sons betraying fathers, mothers betraying sons, friends betraying friends….Battles, LOTS of battles! Between kings, kings and popes, kings and nobles, kings and the regular citizens…the Crusades and the French Religious Wars…how karma bit Charles IV in the behind, and prevented there ever being a queen to rule over France….Good King Henry IV (how I love him so!)….lots of dealings with England, Spain, Italy, and Austria…there’s even a beautiful love story! Oh, and um, spoiler alert- there are a few beheadings. 😉 So much drama, intrigue, and excitement- and the best part is that it all really happened! And it all happened before 1800!!
Whew! I get excited just thinking about all of it! I get excited, because there has always been something about France that has intrigued me since I was in high school and did a report on the revolution. It is a passion of mine- especially all things Marie Antoinette. I have a quite nice collection of old biographies and prints- even an original French newspaper from 1789! I originally created this course in the fall of 2015 for a private group in Los Angeles. Immediately after the course, I went to France- solo- for the first time to witness first hand many of the places I had “visited” in class with my students. What an AMAZING experience! At the time, online classes weren’t on my radar, so while I have a ton of pictures, I didn’t take any educational videos. So I went back in December 2016 to add in the “virtual field trip” component of this class! I’ll bring the students with me as I visit many of the historic places we’ll be talking about in the lesson plan. It really does add an extra dimension to the entire experience! For me to actually be in the place I’m talking about, explaining the significance of it- it’s the next best thing to them being there themselves.
DISCLAIMER: This is history, not math. There is not a right and wrong, black and white answer to everything! So much in history can be subjective and argued over endlessly. I’m presenting the facts the best I can from various sources I’ve researched. I don’t consider any history book to be 100% accurate. It’s impossible. And same with this course. I compiled my research and put together the most authentic story I could, considering I wasn’t personally privy to the goings on during this time period. 😉
This class is offered in 2 levels. Younger students 10-12 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 13 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework.
LESSON PLANS: This is a 14 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can discuss their lessons and have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.