This is an AmblesideOnline student's idea of which books were most helpful and most indispensible for someone needing to pare down. This schedule does not have official Advisory approval. ;)
History studied in Year 8: 1400's-1688 (Renaissance to Reformation)
* 1400-1605, ** 1605-1649, *** 1649-1688
Note: These booklists and curriculum suggestions are incomplete without a thorough understanding of Charlotte Mason's ideas and methods. We cannot emphasize enough that you take time to familiarize yourself with her philosophy by reading her books.
Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan which goes through the Bible semi-chronologically over 6 years in Years 6-11. This year's readings would be as follows:
* Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-14, and Matthew 1-11
** 1 Samuel 15-31, 2 Samuel 1-24, and Matthew 12-21
*** 1 Kings, Ecclesiastes, and Matthew 22-28
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell ($ K) OR The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel ($ K)
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers ($) OR Desiring God by John Piper (online; $ K)
Saints and Heroes, Vol 2 Δ by George Hodges ($ K), for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6 (online)
The New World by Winston Churchill (volume 2 of his History of the English Speaking Peoples; $ K) [A schedule here]
A slightly abridged version of Martin Luther's defense before the Diet of Worms (online)
Queen Elizabeth's speech to the Spanish Armada, July 29, 1588 (online; this is included in the text of Churchill's book)
A Man For All Seasons, a play by Robert Bolt ($ purchase movie)
A Coffin for King Charles by C. V. Wedgwood ($) OR Queen Elizabeth by Jacob Abbott (online Δ) or In the Days of Queen Elizabeth by Eva March Tappan (Δ K)
Johannes Kepler chapter from Great Astronomers by R.S. Ball (online β Δ) OR Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Hudson Tiner ($)
Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl ($), OR Christopher Columbus, Mariner by Samuel Eliot Morison ($; this book, especially ch 11, will require parental screening) OR The Life of Christopher Columbus by Edward Everett Hale (online β Δ)
Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (online, also available in a modern
paraphrase) ($ purchase Leslie Laurio's paraphrase for Kindle)
Plutarch's Lives (follow Ambleside Online's rotation)
Utopia by Sir Thomas More (online β Δ $) Ω
Francis Bacon essays (online; just a couple; choose from Of Truth, Of Revenge, Of Innovations, Of Friendship, Of Regiment of Health, Of Suspicion, Of Discourse, Of Riches, Of Youth and Age, Of Studies (paraphrase), Of Praise, Of Honor and Reputation, Of Anger.)
Keep up with daily news (resource options here) and keep a calendar of events
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall ch 32-59 (online β Δ K)
Everyman, a Morality Play (online Δ $ K) Ω
Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley (online β Δ $) OR I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni (online β Δ There's a newer version translated by Omero Sabatini called Promise of Fidelity ($), and also a Penguin Classics version translated by Bruce Penman and called The Betrothed ($ K). Ω
Shakespeare (continue with Ambleside Online rotation)
Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves, which is Spenser's Fairie Queene Book I (online; $; Kindle version is not recommended)
Shakespeare's Sonnets, selections (download 12 sonnets) Modern translations of the sonnets from NoFear Shakespeare
John Milton: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Lycidas, On His Blindness
Or, you might prefer to read poems by John Donne (notes here) and George Herbert, online here and here.
The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets by Suzanne Clark (optional; $)
Check online sites such as Librivox for free audio readings of poems; this is a growing project and more poems are online every month.
Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar by Nancy Wilson ($; continue from last year; do Lessons 10-49)
Romans 6; 1 Cor. 13; Psalms 139
a poem per term from the term's poetry selections
Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation. Consider begining a personal quote book.
Also, do dictation regularly.
Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.
Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at Ambleside Online
Term 1: Barbara Allen, Star of the County Down, Andrew Barton
Term 2: The Death of Queen Jane, The Miller of Dee, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Term 3: Three Mariners, The Oak and the Ash, My Lodging is on the Cold Ground
Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies
Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.
Last update Oct 20, 2011
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