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AO Yr 8 Lite AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online Year 8 Lite

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. ;)

Based on AO's Year 8 (a 36 week schedule is here)

History studied in Year 8: 1400's-1688 (Renaissance to Reformation)
Term 1: 1400-1605, Term 2: 1605-1649, Term 3: 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.

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KEY TO SYMBOLS
BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
HISTORY
BIOGRAPHIES
GEOGRAPHY
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
CITIZENSHIP
CURRENT EVENTS
LITERATURE
POETRY
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
RECITATION
COPYWORK/TRANSCRIPTION
MATH
SCIENCE
NATURE STUDY
LOGIC
ART
MUSIC
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
HEALTH
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
FREE READING
EXAMS

Key:
Book titles are linked to Project Gutenberg (which offers free etexts in a variety of formats) or other online text when no Project Gutenberg text is available.
β - manybooks.net, another free ebook site.
Δ - free etext at archive.org.
K - free Kindle text from amazon.com.
($) - hard-copy book purchase from amazon.com.
(K) - Kindle purchase from amazon.com.
- free audiobook at Lit2Go
Ω - free audiobook at Librivox [Audio Note]
- other free audiobook source
[0] - Click the bracketed numeral to view a note about the book near the bottom of the page.
[0] - red footnotes indicate a heads-up for parents about the title. We are unable to foresee every incident that might potentially be an issue to every family, but we have red-flagged those that are commonly a concern.

Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
      * Term 1
     ** Term 2
   *** Term 3

Bible and Christian Theology

Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan. [0]
More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell ($ K) OR The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel ($ K)
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis ($earch K)
Saints and Heroes, Vol 2, by George Hodges Δ ($ K) [1]

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History

Make a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [tl]
The New World, by Winston Churchill ($ K) OR A History of England, by Arnold-Forster Δ [1a]
A slightly abridged version of Martin Luther's defense before the Diet of Worms
Queen Elizabeth's speech to the Spanish Armada, July 29, 1588 (this is included in the text of Churchill's book)

Biographies

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 Δ or In the Days of Queen Elizabeth, by Eva March Tappan Δ (K)
Johannes Kepler chapter from Great Astronomers, by R.S. Ball β Δ OR Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science, by John Hudson Tiner ($)

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Geography

Kon Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl ($), OR Christopher Columbus, Mariner, by Samuel Eliot Morison ($) [2] OR The Life of Christopher Columbus, by Edward Everett Hale β Δ

Government and Economics

Whatever Happened to Justice, by Richard Maybury ($)

Citizenship

Ourselves, by Charlotte Mason ($) [3] (starts week 23)
Plutarch's Lives (follow Ambleside Online's rotation)
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More β Δ ($) Ω
Francis Bacon essays, selections [4]

Current Events

Keep up with daily news (resource options here) and keep a calendar of events

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Literature

The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys, by H.E. Marshall ch 32-59 β Δ (K)
Everyman, a Morality Play Δ ($ K) Ω
Westward Ho!, by Charles Kingsley β Δ ($; study guide here) OR I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), by Alessandro Manzoni β Δ [5]
Shakespeare (continue with Ambleside Online rotation)

Poetry

Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves, which is Spenser's Fairie Queene Book I (online; $)
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, 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; $)

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Grammar and Composition

Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar, by Nancy Wilson ($; continue from last year; do Lessons 10-49)

Recitation

Romans 6; 1 Cor. 13; Psalms 139
Shakespeare passages
a poem per term from the term's poetry selections

Copywork/Transcription

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.

Math

Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.

Science

The Handbook of Nature Study Δ, by Anna Botsford Comstock (as a reference)
Apologia science text (purchase General Science/Physical Science) OR Rainbow Science ($)

Nature Study

Rural Hours, by Susan Fenimore Cooper Δ ($)
William Harvey and the Discovery of the Circulation of the Blood, by Thomas Henry Huxley

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Logic

How To Read a Book revised edition by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren (used for 3 years; $ K)

Drawing and Art

The Story of Painting, by H. W. Janson ($) chapters 4, 5
Continue the artist rotation posted at Ambleside Online

Music

Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at Ambleside Online
Folk Songs:
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

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Foreign Language

Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies

Health

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Paul Brand if you didn't do it last year ($ K) (see notes here)

Life and Work Skills

Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.

Free Reading

Try to use books that were not included from Year 8, or the Year 8 Free reading List
One fun suggestion: James Baldwin's retelling of Don Quixote. (K)



Footnotes

Note on Audiobooks: While links to audio books are added as a courtesy, Miss Mason's approach to grammar and composition is heavily dependent upon the children receiving an immense amount of visual exposure to the written word over many years, so parents should exercise extreme caution in how many audiobooks they use each year. Our brains just work differently when we see the words. For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text. (Back)

0. AO's Bible plan goes through the Bible semi-chronologically over 6 years in Years 6-11. This year's Bible readings would be as follows:
    * Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-14; Matthew 1-11; Psalms 106-118; Proverbs 1-6
    ** 1 Samuel 15-31, 2 Samuel 1-24; Matthew 12-21; Psalms 119-124; Proverbs 7-11
    *** 1 Kings, Ecclesiastes; Matthew 22-28; Psalms 125-150; Proverbs 12-16 (Back)

1. Saints and Heroes: for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6 (Back)

Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a Century Chart and Book of Centuries. Instructions for making your own timelines and charts are included in these Parents' Review articles: Book of the Centuries; Teaching Chronology; The Correlation of Lessons. For more details about the why, when, how of keeping CM timelines (and other notebooks), we recommend Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page ($). (Back)

1a. The New World is Volume 2 of Winston Churchill's 4 volume set, "A History of the English Speaking Peoples." The next two volumes will be used in Years 9 and 10. Don't get the one edited by Henry Steele Commager, as it's abridged. If you can figure out how to use this, this book is online in audio For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for all 4 volumes of A History of the English Speaking Peoples, and a schedule to break down the week's chapter into 4 short daily readings.
Term 1: Ch 1-10
Term 2: Ch 11-18
Term 3: Ch 19-26
Or, use A History of England, by Arnold-Forster, online at archive.org, Google Books; a schedule is here. (Back)

2. Christopher Columbus, Mariner presents a fairly balanced account of Columbus. This book, especially ch 11, will require parental screening. If you use the Hale book, it should be scheduled at a chapter per week, except for ch 2 and 3, which can be doubled up in week 2. (Back)

3. Ourselves: There is a modern English paraphrase of this book. You can read it online (K) (Back)

4. Francis Bacon essays: 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.) (Back)

5. I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed): 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 (Back)

6. Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves: The Kindle version is badly formatted and not recommended. (Back)

Last update July 30, 2014