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Has anyone used the book or plans? There are no samples on the website. I'm shaking up my whole 10th grade plan. 


  • Descriptive Astronomy, by John Charlesworth (T5402)
  • A Student Guide to Writing a Research Paper, by Phyllis Goldenberg, (T1550), optional
  • The Edmund Scientific Star and Planet Locator (included with purchase of T5402)
Course Description:

The course is designed to give students an appreciation of the order and complexity of creation, and of the order and complexity in the cosmos. Revelation and science complement each other in illuminating God's glory. The course covers the different kinds of celestial objects, their characteristics, how they formed and developed, and their eventual fates. This includes a discussion of stars (including our sun), star groups, black holes, asteroids and comets, the earth, moon, and planets. It also covers the theories of the origin, development, and future of the universe, as well as whether other planets and life forms exist in space. The student will study, and have the opportunity to observe, the main stars and constellations for both summer and winter.

The workload may vary somewhat week to week. The course plans encourage the student to cover material by topic, which may provide a more thorough understanding of the concept. While some topics may be more simple and covered in less time, others are more complex and may require more of the student's time. A final research paper and oral presentation on an astronomy topic take the majority of the fourth quarter.

Kolbe Core (K) credit is available to those students that follow the course plan and turn in the appropriate sample work. This course is typically done as an elective science course in the 12th grade and includes the following topics: history of astronomy, modern astronomy, electromagnetic waves, the Universe, cosmology and theology, stars and constellations, sky observations, the Solar System: comets, meteors, asteroids, the moon, the earth, and the planets. Lab credit is not available with this course.

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