Maria Johnson graduated with a degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies with Honors distinction. She primarily studied Early Christian literature and Latin. Her research in literature has been published and presented at conferences. She has been teaching Latin and English online for over five years.
The power of words in the face of adversity. The battlefield of Parliament and the cabinet meetings. The second “war to end all wars” raging around him. This is the world Winston Churchill found himself in during 1940. We will study Churchill’s words and contributions during World War II. By closely studying his writings and speeches, we will glean insight into what comprised the man and the words that changed and encouraged a nation and the world at large during one of the worst times in history.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We meet once a week for 8 weeks. Students will be asked to read an assigned text before class. We will then discuss it. Activities will include marshalling evidence to support arguments, writing a report, and identifying patterns in speeches of Churchill. All texts will be given by the teacher.
Sample Course Outline
Our primary goal is to analyze texts closely and glean modern day takeaways. Though we will touch a little on the whole life of Churchill, our main focus and energy will be devoted to his speeches and writings during World War II. How did Churchill move a nation? How did he defend and fight for policies? What did he support or oppose? Why did he fight to have Britain refuse an armistice with Germany? What did he sacrifice for the sake of the war? How do the written speeches differ from the performed ones? How can his influence and craftsmanship with words still be seen in our time today?
The World of Winston Churchill is offered Fall 2019.