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One Book, Two Courses, Three Credits.
Omnibus is a Great Books curriculum for grades 7-12 that teaches students lessons from the past in order to live in the present.
Omnibus IV Secondary includes works of theology, history, and literature of the ancient world, culminating in the first century. The course naturally complements the primary books course or stands alone as a lighter workload than the primary course. Students read and learn to appreciate additional literature from the ancient world in light of the truth of Scripture. Learning can happen in two formats: You Teach and Live Online. Self-Paced is not available.
Students will study:
Antony and Cleopatra
Art and the Bible
Augustus Caesar's World
1 & 2 Chronicles
Death on the Nile
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Joshua, Judges, Ruth
The Lost World
Plutarch's Lives Volume 2
Troilus and Cressida
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Omnibus-The Veritas Approach to the Great Books
OMNIBUS IS A GREAT BOOKS CURRICULUM THAT TEACHES STUDENTS THE LESSONS FROM THE PAST IN ORDER TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT.
Teaching children to think biblically about everything is one of the hardest jobs parents and teachers have. Learning from the past to live in the present might be second hardest. By tapping some of the greatest thinkers alive, Veritas produced the Omnibus, a Great Books curriculum for grades 7-12 that grounds students in their faith. Omnibus is a Latin term meaning "all-encompassing." Each year of the Omnibus curriculum combines history, theology, and literature to help students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge.
The Omnibus includes six years with two simultaneous courses per year. The Primary books course focuses closely on primary-source historical works and events from the time period covered. The Secondary course offers balance and a lighter workload, with a greater focus on literature and theology. Taken together, students will earn three credits: one each in history, theology, and literature. For example: As part of Omnibus I Primary, students delve into the works of Plato, dealing with the Socratic Method. In Omnibus I Secondary, some reading includes modern works by Peter Kreeft, presenting fictional conversations between Socrates, abortionists, and university professors. This integrated, classical approach equips students with both an in-depth knowledge of history and the Great Books, while training them in the skills needed to process and articulate the meaning of this knowledge through the prism of a Christian worldview. Students completing all six years of Omnibus Primary and Secondary courses will have the added benefit of the in-depth study of all 66 books of the Bible.
When first learning about the Omnibus some are concerned with difficulty and enjoyability. We take particular care to fit the stage of the learner. The readings for the Omnibus can seem overwhelming. Students should be encouraged to learn to skim some sections—Herodotus’s Histories is an example—and to enjoy the richness of others—Homer’s Odyssey, for example. Class types and exercises are varied enough to capture all imaginations.
Omnibus covers three historical time periods, cycling through them twice, as follows:
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Many ask, "Can we do only a year or a few years, or only primary, or only secondary courses?" Our answer is the same: Any study of the Great Books to learn to think biblically about everything will be of great value.
Whether you plan to do all twelve classes over six years or only one, students will benefit for the rest of their lives by joining the "Great Conversation." Learning can happen in all three formats: You Teach, Self-Paced, and Live Online.
Live Online Course
Omnibus IV Secondary includes works from and about the ancient world and other important works. Discussions will direct students to look at ideas from a biblical worldview. Diploma students completing the course will be given a credit in English: World Ancient Literature II. Diploma students completing the Omnibus IV Primary and the Omnibus IV Secondary courses during the same year will be given three credits for the two courses, one each in History: World Ancient History II, English: World Ancient Literature II, and Religion: Doctrine and Theology IV. Omnibus IV courses are recommended for 10th-12th grade students. This course is eligible for dual enrollment credit for junior and senior students. Homework will average 4 - 5 hours per week, depending on reading speed.
You Teach is our term for those who take our curriculum and teach it themselves, whether at home or at school.
The Omnibus IV Secondary - Live Course & You Teach kit contains the materials you will need to teach the course to one student at home or what a student taking the class live will need. Like Omnibus I Secondary, the course covers great works from and about the ancient world and other important works. It's the perfect complement to Omnibus IV Primary. However, the material is more advanced.
What You Will Need
Our You Teach Kit contains everything you need to teach this subject yourself.