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The Growing Church: Modern World

The Growing Church: Modern World is a gentle survey course that offers a journey through Modern History for Catholic families in the Aquinas House of Studies. The course covers mostly European History (with some American History) from the 16th through 20th Century history. 

It is the hope that students will build a scaffold of Modern History plus walk away with a deeper love, understanding, and appreciation of the Catholic Church.  Students will learn through many different humanities including: History, Literature, Geography, Sacred Art, and Theology. Students will read through The Story of Civilization Volume 3._ _This series does an excellent job at explaining the basics of each time period plus highlighting stories of Saints, leaders, and events of the Catholic Church in a very readable narrative; it reads more like a storybook than a textbook. Students will additionally read one novel during the fall semester and one novel during the spring semester. See the Required Resources for a list of novels. These novels have been selected for their Catholic themes.

During class time, students will be viewing sacred art, reviewing and discussing the readings for the week, participating in small and large group discussion, memorizing a medieval timeline, playing geography games (Where in the World?), and viewing primary sources (History Detectives). 

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • The Story of Civilization Volume 3: The Making of the Modern World by Phillip Campbell
  • Choose one novel for Fall Semester:
    • _Madeline Takes Command _by Ethel C. Brill
    • Edmund Campion: Hero of God's Underground by Fr. Harold C. Gardiner S.J.
  • Choose one novel for Spring Semester:
    • _The Hedge School _by Gloria Whelan
    • _The Winged Watchman _by Hilda Von Stockum
  • Notebook or print out of PDF note template provided

Tisha Frost has been teaching in a variety of settings over the last 20 years after following one of the best pieces of advice she was ever given, “Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire” (attributed to St. Catherine of Siena). This inspired her to study both history and theology during her undergraduate years.
She obtained a B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Middle School and High School Social Studies. Through her experiences of teaching many students, including her own children, she has seen the need for restful education that is focused on the true, good, and beautiful.
Tisha resides in Northern Minnesota with her husband and six children. When she has a moment to herself, she enjoys children’s literature, British mysteries, good movies, and baking.

Quarter 1

  1. Q1W1
    1. Introduction
    2. High Renaissance
    3. Da Vinci, Raphel
  2. Q1W2
    1. Start of the Modern World 1500 High Renaissance
    2. Da Vinci, Raphel
    3. Ch. 1: Glory of the Renaissance
    4. Ch. 2 Columbus & the New World
  3. Q1W3
    1. The Reformation in Germany Northern Renaissance
    2. Ch. 3 Martin Luther
    3. Ch. 4 Germany on Fire
  4. Q1W4
    1. The Reformation Spreads to England & France
    2. Bernini
    3. Ch. 5 Henry VIII and Anglicanism
    4. Ch. 6 The French Wars of Religion
  5. Q1W5
    1. The Counter Reformation Iconoclasm
    2. Ch. 8 The Counter-Reformation
  6. Q1W6
    1. Elizabethan Age 1600s Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt & Vermeer
    2. Ch. 7 Mary Queen of Scots
    3. Ch. 10 Age of Elizabeth
  7. Q1W7
    1. The Spanish Empire
    2. 1500s-1600s
    3. Early Baroque:Caravaggio
    4. Ch. 9 Pope St. Pius V & Battle of Lepanto
    5. Ch 11: King Philip II
  8. Q1W8 REVIEW WEEK: Timeline & Project

Quarter 2

  1. Q2W1
    1. Thirty Years War Baroque: Ruebens Ch. 12 The 30 Years War (MW)
  2. Q2W2
    1. English Civil Wars
    2. Parliament vs. Kings
    3. Baroque: Van Dyck Ch. 13 Roundheads and Cavaliers (MW)
    4. Ch. 14 Restoration and....Revolution (MW)
  3. Q2W3
    1. The Sun King Art of Louis XIV Ch. 15 Age of the Sun King (MW)
  4. Q2W4
    1. Fights Around the World Baroque: Murillo Ch. 16 The Turkish Threat
    2. Ch. 17 The Jacobites
  5. Q2W5
    1. Scientific Revolution & The Enlightenment Neoclassicism
    2. Ch. 18 Light and Darkness (MW)
    3. St. Robert Bellarmine
  6. Q2W6
    1. American Colonies/French and Indian War
    2. American Neoclassical Ch. 19 A World at War (MW)
  7. Q2W7
    1. American Revolution Late 1700s American Neoclassical
  8. Q2W8
    1. REVIEW WEEK: Timeline & Book Club (Madeline Takes Command or Edmund Campion: Hero of God's Underground)

Quarter 3

  1. Q3W1
    1. French Revolution Early 1800s Rococo (French)
    2. Ch. 20 The French Revolution (MW)
  2. Q3W2
    1. Rule of Napoleon Rococo (French)
    2. Ch. 21 The Rise and Fall of Napoleon (MW)
  3. Q3W3
    1. Aftermath of French Revolution Romanticism
    2. Ch. 22 Peace Returns (MW)
  4. Q3W4
    1. Aftermath of French Revolution Romanticism
    2. Ch. 23 Reforms and Revolutions (MW)
  5. Q3W5
    1. Rise of Nationalism Realism: Millet
    2. Ch. 24 Unification of Italy & Germany
  6. Q3W6
    1. Rise of Modernism Realism: Millet
    2. Ch. 25 Popes Against the World
  7. Q3W7
    1. Colonialism Impressionism: Monet
    2. Ch. 26 Europe Conquers the Globe
  8. Q3W8 REVIEW WEEK: Timeline & Project

Quarter 4

  1. Q4W1
    1. World War I
    2. 1914-1918
    3. Impressionism: Renoir Ch. 27 The Great War
  2. Q4W2
    1. Depression & Dictators 1930s Impressionism: Degas & Van Gogh
    2. Ch. 28 Rise of Dictators
  3. Q4W3
    1. World War II 1940s Photography
    2. Ch. 29 The Second World War
    3. Ch. 30 The Third Reich Collapses
  4. Q4W4
    1. The Cold War 1950s-60s American Impressionism: Cassat
    2. Ch. 31 The Cold War
  5. Q4W5
    1. 1960s and 1970s 20th Century Architecture
    2. Ch. 32 Changes in the Modern World
    3. Ch. 33 The Second Vatican Council
  6. Q4W6
    1. 1970s-Present Review of Art History
    2. Ch. 34 The End of the Cold War
    3. Ch. 35 An Uncertain Future
  7. Q4W7
    1. REVIEW WEEK: Timeline & Book Club (The Hedge School or The Winged Watchman)

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Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

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  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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