Sword of Freedom/Hero Project 

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Time - 10:50 - 12:45

Age: 13+ (Mature 12 year olds at parent's discretion)

Class Fee - 
First semester- $65



Mentors- D.D. Black and Ron Skorupa

Class Description:
This year we will be studying two specific wars and a crucial span of time in our American history: the Civil War through WW2. (*We will also be learning about WW1, as it is part of the unfolding of events.) We will learn about the realities of these times in our history in order to connect to the truths we need learn, the wisdom we need gain & the real life skills we need now to equip us in moving forward through these tumultuous times we are in to truly have peace, freedom & prosperity - preserving our liberty & the liberty of those that will come after.


Experience a deeper understanding of freedom & inspiration of courage through this project and the study of the men and women of the times. Through the simulations, great classic books, presentations, and more, scholars will learn how to step out of the turmoil and above the fray to see the big picture, learn strategies to resolve conflict, learn to be aware of how they are making their decisions (based on fear or not), and what it means to be "a hero". We are hoping to have some fun & engaging field trips throughout the year, and an awesome end of year trip if all goes as we are hoping. We will be having movie nights (or afternoons) throughout each semester. Hands-on learning of history is an awesome adventure! Get ready for an amazing year!!!


Reading powerful classics is a core part of this project. Below is the list of books & the weeks we will be discussing each one. Scholars are encouraged to jump right in to reading these now, so they can participate in our awesome & rewarding book colloquiums.


First semester required reading: 

(*You can check https://archive.org/ for online text & audio’s of these books.)

Due the first week of class: "Sounding Forth the Trumpet", (for young readers version or full - either is great) by David Manuel; Peter Marshall  (Read or listen to, the full version online: https://archive.org/details/soundingforthtru00pete/mode/2up

Due the second week of class: "Amos Fortune, Free Man", by Elizabeth Yates 

*Scholars are encouraged to begin reading these two books over the summer break, so they are ready to go the first two weeks of class.

Due week 4: "Uncle Tom's Cabin", by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Due week 6: "Across Five Aprils", by Irene Hunt

Due week 9: "Abraham Lincoln", by Wilber R. Gordy (sold at the LEMI online store)

Due week 12: "To Kill a Mockingbird", by Harper Lee 

Due week 14: "The Anatomy of Peace", by the Arbinger Institute

***For above & beyond, also read: "Covenant, Lincoln and the War", by Timothy Ballard.


Second semester required reading:

Due the first week of class: "The Dream Giver", by Bruce Wilkinson AND "The Man Who Planted Trees", by Jean Giono. *These two are short & quick reads, to be read over winter break.

Due the second week of class: "Children of the Dust Bowl", by Jerry Stanley AND "The Great American Dust Bowl", by Don Brown. *These two are very short, quick reads. They can easily be read in a week, over the winter break. 

Due week 6: "Things We Couldn't Say", by Diet Eman OR "The Hiding Place", by Corrie  Ten Boom

*We will be discussing both, but scholars only need to choose one to read.

Due week 8: "Flags of Our Fathers", (adapted for young people or adult version - at parents discretion) by Ron Powers

Due week 11: "Hiroshima", by John Hersey (*Look for the version that includes the chapter at the end, “The Aftermath”.)

Due week 13 (or week 16 TBD): "Seven Miracles that Saved America", by Chris & Ted Steward (*Only 3 chapters are required: 5, 6 & 8. However, reading the whole book is encouraged!)


First semester awards: Civil War era replica sword, star for each rank advancement, end of semester party

Second semester awards: custom dog tags for each scholar, end of year party,*trip


*We are REALLY hoping to take the scholars on a history experiencing class trip in the late spring or earlier summer. Scholars will need to earn the funds for the class trip throughout the year. We can do class fundraisers & such as determined together as a class. All trip details are yet to be determined, but will all be discussed & decided on the first few weeks of class, as a class & with parent & the board’s input & approval.

Required materials NOT included in class fees: 
Sword/Hero binder - available in the LEMI store
All reading materials