NARHS Newsletter 99 | December 14, 2017 | Virtue Studies
Greetings during this Christmas season. As this school year advances into winter, we at the NARHS headquarters are enjoying contacts coming into the office and stories about academic pursuits of the NARHS students. Some of you may find your curriculum choices have been exactly right for this year. Others may be looking for alternatives because what was planned is lacking something. If that is the case, check in with your NARHS advisor for a discussion of choices. If an English course is needed, we are gifting you with one in this holiday newsletter. It might be exactly what you need.
For those who need a preliminary transcript sent to colleges for registration, NARHS can prepare a transcript with “courses in progress” listed. The process is simple. Let your advisor know if there are any changes to what was reported on your curriculum design worksheet submitted earlier. However, to have your student's courses in progress listed with the credit earned so far, you will need to ask your advisor to do a mid-year review.
VIRTUE STUDY, a language arts course
William Bennett has authored a collection of inspiring stories, folktales, and poems that illuminate the virtues that help to anchor us in our culture, our history and our traditions. There are two complete anthologies: The Book of Virtues, and The Moral Compass.
The study included in this newsletter uses Bennett's book Moral Compass.
Nine virtues are presented for study: grace, encouragement, love, work ethic, modesty,
gentleness, courage, trust and faith. Although there are specific books suggested for reading that enrich the lessons, alternative suggestions are listed at the back of the lesson plans.
But also, you may choose other books that feature the specific virtues targeted.
For each of the individual virtues featured, the study proceeds in this manner:
- Write definitions, positive examples and negative examples,
- Search and read specified Bible sections for stories, examples and teachings,
- List and summarize the verses and passages discovered,
- Read stories from The Moral Compass by William J. Bennett as well as other books and authors dealing with subjects of excellent character,
- List and summarize the stories read,
- Keep a journal of observations, personal character goals, efforts in self-discipline, and resolutions.
Interested? Here's the study guide:
Since this is a self-designed course, logged hours will determine the credit earned.
Use this rubric to assess how well each component of the virtue study was completed.