Biology (Second Semester)

From: $80.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live class: Mon 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: Jan 2 – April 28

Price: $349

Instructor: Dr. Karen Joseph

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Course Description

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Students may join this class in progress second semester.

If something affects everything you do, every single day of your entire life, it’s probably worth learning about! That is definitely true of the living things in our world. Biology is the study of living things. From the tiniest single-celled organisms to the largest mammals, we share our planet with diverse and fascinating life forms. They are everywhere and they affect us in amazing and wonderful ways.

In this course, we will learn about the basic unit of all living things – cells, and we will discover the ways that different cell types work together to form different organisms. We’ll discover the ways genes direct the construction and function of living things. Once a foundation is in place, we will take a deep dive into the worlds of microorganisms, plants and animals, including human beings, as well as the ecosystems and communities that they inhabit.

Join me in biology as we learn about living things, the ways they interact with one another, and the impact they have on everything you do!

Course Structure

A typical week in biology will begin with a live class on Monday at 2 pm. The live classes may include reviews of topics from the previous week, an introduction to the coming week and/or a case study that brings the current topic to life. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch later. Lessons will be posted Tuesday through Friday, and will include an online introduction as well as a section to read in the biology textbook. I use a lot of audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to reinforce content from the book. Since this course provides a high school credit, there will be some lab activities, one or two lab reports and a few additional short writing assignments. Students generally spend about 30 minutes per day doing course work.

Who should enroll?

This class is for students in grades 9 – 12, but advanced 8th graders will be considered after a conversation between Dr. Joseph and the student. Contact Dr. Joseph for details.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I use frequent “learning checks” to assure both the student and the teacher that students understand the concepts presented in the lessons. Many of the learning checks are automatically graded by the computer. For the essay questions, writing assignments, lab reports and projects, I generally grade every day or two, sending feedback to the students to help them understand questions they may have missed. A final grade will be based on the scores from learning checks, participation in activities and experiments, written assignments and attendance and participation in live classes.


I welcome any and all communication from parents. I want to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open.

Required Texts

Required Text: Miller, Kenneth R, and Joseph S. Levine. Prentice Hall Biology. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Print. (Dragonfly edition) ISBN-13: 978-0132013499

Some supplies will be needed for experiments and activities. These will all be inexpensive things that are found in most kitchens or available at most supermarkets. Estimated cost is between $20 and $30.


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Dr. Karen Joseph

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Dr. Karen Joseph earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for several years, she began homeschooling her 3 children in 1989.  As a homeschooling mom, she has taught every subject at every grade level, but her favorite subject is science!  She taught science classes, ranging from Middle School Life Science and Earth Science to High School Biology to Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Pennsylvania Public Cyber Charter School for 12 years. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pennsylvania Charter School Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Joseph believes that science should be fun, and she works to create classes that have a strong hands-on component, and that will ignite in her students a passion to know more about the wonderful world they live in.

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