C. S. Lewis talks about developing virtue: “But the truth is that right actions done for the wrong reason do not help to build the internal quality or character called a virtue, and it is this quality or character that really matters.”

STARTING POINTS  This tutorial establishes the Biblical world view in your student’s minds and hearts, providing a compass for the evaluation of ideas that they confront in life.  Starting Points is not simply a Bible study or apologetics course.  It is a multi-subject study that covers three subject areas: Bible, literature with IEW writing, and history.  Grades 8-9. Prerequisite skills: Paragraph writing.  Begins August 2018.
Starting Points is presented in four parts that build world view:
PART 1 Building the Biblical World View

Students begin with an inductive Bible study answering the seven world view questions:
            1 - What is God like?
            2 - What is man like?
            3 - What is the universe like?
            4 - What is the cause of evil and suffering?
            5 - What is the basis of ethics and morality?
            6 - What happens to man at death?
            7 - What is the meaning of life and history?
PART 2 Examining Literature
Guided by
Cathy Flowers, students analyze literature and film from a Biblical perspective and examine the world view of novelists and filmmakers to determine if their ideas are consistent with the Biblical world view.
PART 3 Speaking the Biblical World View
Evidential, classical-moral, and pre-suppositional apologetics are studied.
PART 4 Founding a Nation
Students examine the foundational thoughts and customs of colonial America starting with the Magna Charta through English kings to the thoughts that shaped America’s Founding Documents.
Complete book list is
here.
GOAL: For students to develop virtue, to own their faith as they assess ideas and communicate them using rhetoric skills in a winsome and engaging way to a culture that sorely needs Christ’s redeeming effects.
Institute for Excellence in Writing ®Starting Points students learn to think and write truth as they build facility and confidence with my incremental lessons expressly correlated to Starting Points study.  No previous IEW experience is required.  Students learn all nine writing models and style from paragraphs to essays so that they effectively communicate their own reasoned answers in speech and writing. Skills and resource include:

            The complete syllabus
            IEW basic paragraphs through essay
            Introduction to speech
            Teaching the Classics literary analysis
            High School Essay Intensive timed writing
            Fix It: Grammar Book 3 Frog Prince Teacher’s Manual (2014)
To learn how these tutorials work, click here.   
CREDITS:
Bible                         1 credit
Literature                  1 credit
Composition              ½ credit
American History      1 credit
~Total 3 ½ Carnegie Units.   
OPEN HOUSE. Click on this link to see our Cornerstone Tutorials Open House and wait for it to load and begin.
ENROLL in STARTING POINTS, click
here. First Class begins August 2018.