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The Seminar: High School Level World War II History, Social Studies, and Research-Writing Class

This course is a multi-faceted comprehensive high-school level humanities class. It covers 20th Century history (focused on the Second World War and its aftermath), social studies (including current events), geography, and college-prep research writing. Students will grow in their critical-thinking skills through thought-provoking group discussions and creative projects.

Our goal is to give students the skills they need to understand both the past and present from a faith-based, Judeo-Christian perspective. “The Seminar” is an expanded version of The Seabirds Trilogy World War II Companion Curriculum.

Lessons in ethics, virtues, and Bible-based devotionals will encourage and help students mature into responsible and wise adults. Weekly live one to two-hour Zoom lectures, student-led group activities, lively class discussions, and intellectually challenging subject matter provide an unparalleled learning experience and stimulating academic community.

1. Weekly Live Zoom Lecture, Class Discussions, Break-Out Sessions
2. Group Projects
3. Timeline, Maps, and Weekly Quizzes on Terms
4. Historical Research Papers
5. Creative Journaling Exercises
Unique Opportunities

1. Participate in Negotiation Simulations (The Evian Conference and Cairo Conference)
2. Write and Present Persuasive Arguments
3. Discern Solid Research and Journalism from Propaganda
4. Personal TAs to Tailor Writing and Research Assignments to each Student’s Needs
5. Weekly Office Hours
6. Special Guest Lecturers

The writing portion of the course is tailor-made to fit your student. Their personal TA will set up a short parent/student meeting prior to the course to assess their writing level. Whether it is their first academic paper or their twentieth, we will help them develop their skills and grow in confidence as a writer and researcher.
We recommend allotting 10-20 hours a week to complete the assigned reading and assignments. Depending on how quickly your student reads, the time it takes them to finish their assignments might be a little more or less.
Parents are invited to be as involved or uninvolved as they like. If you want to sit in on a lecture, you are welcome to join anytime. Several of the books on the reading list are wonderful read-alouds for all ages. That said, any parental involvement is voluntary and not required, though we strongly encourage parents to talk through what their student is learning as some of the content is difficult or emotional (given the nature of WWII).

Movie Night
Film is a powerful educational tool. When properly used, it promotes critical thinking skills and exposes us to new perspectives. Beautiful films can evoke emotion and become the catalyst for healthy discussions on worldview, history, and God’s plan for His people.
Every week of ​The Seminar ​includes a recommended film and family discussion questions. While not a graded portion of the class, each film is historically important in its own right and is included to promote godly values and a conservative Christian worldview. Most are appropriate for the entire family. We recommend gathering once a week to enjoy and learn together through this wonderful medium.

Materials Needed
Computer with Internet Access

Reading List
1. The Seabirds Trilogy​ (​Voyage of the Sandpiper, Flight of the Seahawks, and Song of the Storm Petrel​) by Jessica Glasner
2. The Seabirds Trilogy World War II Companion Curriculum Student Guide
3. The Hiding Place​, by Corrie Ten Boom
4. Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of the Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust, by Dorren Rappaport, Emily Beresford, et al.
5. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon​, Steve Sheinkin
6. Number the Stars​, Lois Lowry

Dates: September 15, 2020 – May 27, 2021
● September 15, 2020 – Orientation
● September 18 (Thursday) – Class Begins, 10:30-12:30 AM, (MST)
● Class held every Thursday from 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM

○ Class Will Not Be Held on the Following Dates
■ November 26 – Thanksgiving Break
■ December 24 – Christmas Break
■ December 31 – New Years Break
■ April 1 – Easter Break

Meet the Instructor
Jessica earned a degree in History from Westmont College, summa cum laude, and an MA in Social Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with Highest Honors. A novelist and optioned screenwriter, she has been compared to Michener and Wouk for a younger audience. She is the author of The Seabirds Trilogy, The Seabirds Trilogy World War II Companion Curriculum, and the Girl Reporter Series.
Jessica was a research contributor and content developer for The Jerusalem Institute of Justice and the online mental health platform, OneStep.life. She has editing credits for 17 released or soon to be released books and her clients include bestselling author Wayne Jacobson (publisher and co-writer of The Shack), Calev Myers, Danny Silk, professional football coach George Naum, former Federal Minister of Minorities for Pakistan, Paul Bhatti.

Meet the TAs
Emily Glasner
Emily’s interest in the ancient texts of Scripture inspired her undergraduate studies in Biblical Literature which she completed summa cum laude. She currently is a Master’s Degree Candidate in Global Development Practice at Harvard Extension School. Her graduate work at Harvard focuses on public policy, human health risks, ecological system dynamics, and social justice. She works as a Senior Editor and Content Developer at Hope House Press. Emily is a musician and composer, has traveled and lived overseas and feels the best education one can procure in life is from getting to know new people. Emily has editing credits for eight published or soon-to-be-published books and is a co-author of The Seabirds Trilogy Companion Curriculum.

Hope Middlebrook
Hope is an experienced writer, editor, and content developer. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in writing and concentration in journalism. Hope is the recipient of the 2019 Peggy Null Research Award for her work on the life of Louisa May Alcott. Hope has editing credits for seven published or soon-to-be-published books and is a co-author of The Seabirds Trilogy Companion Curriculum.

Lawrence Glasner
Lawrence earned an M.B.A. in International Business from the University of Southern California where he was a Rockwell International Fellow, and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Lawrence is a member of the Colorado State and Larimer
County Bar Associations and an attorney licensed to practice in California. For over twenty-five years he was a leading employment and
business lawyer in California litigating cases in State and Federal Court and advising non-profit clients.
● Presidential Appointee to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
● Research Staff, U.S. Senator John V. Tunney.
● Board of Directors: iReach Africa, International Reconciliation Coalition.
● Advisory Board: Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Human Trafficking (CAST).
● Special counsel and observer at a Neo-Nazi Hate Crime trial in Cologne,
● Lecturer at the California State Bar on civil remedies in human trafficking
● Continuing Legal Education Instructor.
● Co-developed public policy treatise presented to and published by U.N.
Commission on Human Rights by the Hon. Paul Jacob Bhatti, M.D.


Pilot Package
Full Access to Lectures, Group Discussions, Office Hours, Graded Assignments, Personal Teacher’s Assistant, The Seabirds Trilogy and Companion Curriculum: ​$550 per semester.

Passenger Package
Audit includes access to lectures and group discussions: ​$225 per semester.
All other materials (books, films, etc.) are available for purchase on Amazon or other media platforms.

Registration Open Until September 10
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Billing Dates: September 10 and January 10

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September 15, 2020 -
May 27, 2021


8:30 am - 10:30 am EST

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Multi-session class / camp



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13, 14, 15, 16+



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