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The master theme of the Eleventh Grade will be to encourage students, through the curriculum, to take stock of the higher cognitive and affective skills which they have developed, as they more deftly use these skills in the preparatory stages of not only discovering, but embarking upon, the vocation which God has pre-ordained for them. Students will come to understand more fully just how their abilities and skills can be brought to bear in focusing on the challenging task of applying principles, concepts, and ideals toward the ultimate discovery of God's plan for each of them. Moreover, as they prepare themselves for their vocations, they will work toward becoming productive members of their communities, equipped with all the tools and information to allow them to defend their Faith and apply traditional Catholic principles and values, no matter where their vocation takes them.

Theology: This year the students will continue the Quest forHappiness Series, with an emphasis on the salvatory role of the Church, guidedby the Holy Ghost. This third bookof this series, The Ark and the DoveText, reveals the love which the Holy Ghost has for us. Students will studythe Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Ghost, as well as the nature,origin, structure and history of the Church. Also discussed will be thesacrament of Penance, and the fifth, sixth, and ninth commandments. The Ark& the Dove Answer Keyis a convenient aid for parents or in-home tutors to checkover student responses. Also available are The Rosary Novena Bookletand The Way of the Cross Booklet,according to the method of St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Advanced Mathematics I: The course is centered around the first half of Saxon's Advanced Math Text, with the second half being covered in the 12th Grade. This course should only be attempted by those students who have successfully completed Saxon Algebra II. General topics covered include: advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis, all interwoven to form a fully integrated text. Specific topics treated in the text include: permutations and combinations, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions, conic sections, graphs of sinusoids, rectangular and polar representation of complex numbers, theorems, matrices, and determinants. A rigorous treatment of Euclidean geometry is presented, as well. Word problems are developed throughout the problems sets and become progressively more elaborate. The graphing calculator is used to graph functions and perform data analysis. Conceptually-oriented problems prepare students for college entrance exams. The student edition contains answers to odd-numbered problems. The 3 book set includes:  Saxon Advanced Math Text, Saxon Advanced Math Answer Key, and Saxon Advanced Math Test Booklet.  Saxon Advanced Math Solutions Manual is also available, and strongly recommended. 

Public Speaking:  As Grammar/Composition is required each year, all students must take this 11th Grade Grammar course.  Through this course students will develop their abilities in verbal persuasion. Ultimately, they will be able to present oral arguments for their Faith, in support of apologetics. They will soon be competing with thousands of others for jobs and advancement, along with meeting new friends. To develop the ability of expressing themselves well, they will study the textbook, Basic Speech Experiences Text, along with a very special book on political communication, Slightly to the Right, which will give students unique knowledge on how to discuss controversial subjects with "liberals and fuzzy minded friends." As in all of the OLVS courses, students will learn to spell hundreds of new words and their meanings, including Catholic terms, all of which will be found in the Traditional Catholic Speller 11 booklet.

Literature:   In the first quarter, the students will read, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.  A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward, Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor – these form a series of events that changes the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.  Dickens’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his ‘great expectations.’  Next, the student will read, Silas Marner by George Eliot (pen name for Mary Ann (Marian) Evans.  George Eliot combined a formidable intelligence with imaginative sympathy and acute poser of observation, and became one of the greatest and most influential of English novelists.  In Silas Marner, “she combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.”     During the last semester, the students will read The Portable Dante.  As a philosopher, Dante wedded classical methods of inquiry to a Christian faith.  As an autobiographer, he looked unsparingly at his own failures to depict universal moral struggles.  As a visionary, he dared draw maps of Hell, with Purgatory and Paradise, and populate all three realms with recognizable human beings.  In all of these things, Dante Alighieri paved the way for modern literature, while creating verse and prose that remain unparalleled for formal elegance, intellectual depth, and emotional grandeur.  The Portable Dante captures the scope and fire of Dante’s genius as thoroughly as any single volume can.  It contains complete verse translations of Dante’s masterwork, The Divine Comedy, plus a bibliography, notes, and an introduction by the eminent scholar and translator Mark Musa.

History: West vs. Communism: This year's course is entitled "The Free World vs. Communism". Merging on both a history and a civics course, this year's social studies is a survey of the antagonism between East and West during most of the 20th Century. Notwithstanding the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the 1991 implosion of the former Soviet Union, we must still be aware that hundreds of millions of people are still enslaved by Communism in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. This course will impart to students important information about not only how their government was formed, how it operates, and how they can actively participate in it, but, of equal significance, students will learn what evil forces have threatened (and to a certain extent, continue to threaten) the existence of their God-given freedoms. That knowledge will fortify them for the intelligent battle they must wage no matter where they live. The Catholic Church, and many patriots, have tried valiantly to warn us of the devilish threat from socialism and communism which has permeated the whole world. We will learn of that threat by studying The Naked Communist, by W. Cleon Skousen, a former F.B.I. agent, and the anti-Communist classic, Masters of Deceit, by J. Edgar Hoover, the former Director of the F.B.I.  Other books used: Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical on Atheistic Communism, With God in Russia, 1917 Red Banners White Mantle.


Chemistry:  This year's science course will be centered on Dr. Jay Wile's Chemistry Text.  As a Christian scientist whose area of expertise is nuclear chemistry, Dr. Wile introduces the students to general concepts of measurements and units, as well as reviews of energy, heat, and temperature.  Then, in his informal and affable writing style, by which Dr. Wile gives the reader the impression that he is sitting across the table, tutoring the students one-on-one, he delves into atoms, molecules, matter classification and changes, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, and numerous other fascinating topics.  A rudimentary laboratory equipment set is available from the publisher at a modest price, or equipment can be bought separately for even more economy.  Labs are thoughtfully designed, and often use nothing more than household materials or items that can readily be found at a pharmacy.  Chemistry Solutions and Tests Book contains: (1) answers to the Study Guide found at the end of each module in the text; (2) tests for each module; and (3) answers to each of the modular tests.