Welcome to Mrs. Ward’s
Late Western Civilization
High School Supplemental History Class at CHIMES.


For our study of the Enlightenment and the Philosophes, please watch the following videos by Tom Richey.  You can find more from him at TomRichey.net.

You should have 7 schooldays between today and the next CHIMES history class 11/27/18. Here are the 8 short videos you should watch before the next class. Watch one or two each school day. Be prepared for class by copying the Graphic Organizers Mr. Richey shows in the videos. We will talk about how these men have effected American life,  and other things.

Click the link below to Tom Richey’s website page called
Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
Scroll down past several video thumbnails to  the title:
Introduction to the Enlightenment“.
Watch the three videos in order:
1. The Scientific Revolution
2. The Values of the Enlightenment
3. What is the Enlightenment?

Continue after watching the above videos to scroll down to the title
The Philosophes: Thinkers of the Enlightenment“.
Watch the following videos:
1. Newton and Locke: Foundations of the Enlightenment
2. Voltaire (The Philosophes)
3. Denis Diderot
4. Political Theory: Montesquieu and Rousseau -Important 
5. Immanuel Kant and Adam Smith


Students and parents of students, check out https://www.tomrichey.net/absolutism.html.
High School History teacher Tom Richey has some very informative and fun videos. This set is about the era of Absolutism in Europe that we are studying now. Please watch some or all. He also has written material you can use for notes or tests. This is very important if you are going to get high school credit for this class. Watch one or more a day. Most are shorter than 15 minutes.
Suggestion: Print out the Study Guide and fill it out as you watch the videos.


We are using the textbook
Streams of Civilization, Volume II, Christian Liberty Press

What to Expect from this Class

  1. Parents are fully responsible for student grades. They may use:
    a. the quality of student notes taken in class
    b. end of chapter questions
    c. home research papers or project assignments
    d. home vocabulary tests from end of chapter word lists
    Mrs. Ward will NOT give students tests or grades.
  2. Please find and bookmark Mrs. Ward’s web page:
    All class reading assignments, as they are given,
    may be found here, as well as links to articles of interest according to class discussions.
  3. All required reading will be mainly, if not exclusively, from the textbook chapters.
  4. The once a week classroom hour will include lecture and/or student/teacher discussion.
    Mrs. Ward reserves the right to bring in a community expert when appropriate.
  5. The CHIMES class will NOT require research papers, which should be required in any high school history class. Therefore, the parent is responsible for assignments of that kind. Students who prepare such papers are encouraged to share them with the class in a beautifully printed format with correct citing and bibliography.

Pre-Class Assignment:

Read the textbook Foreword: A Christian View of History
the pre-chapter entitled Religion and Culture of the 16th Century

Prepare for a lively class discussion on the first day!