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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
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan. 
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) 
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)
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 ($)
Whatever Happened to Justice, by Richard Maybury ($)
Ourselves, by Charlotte Mason ($)  (starts week 23)
Plutarch's Lives (follow Ambleside Online's rotation)
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More β Δ ($) Ω We suggest the modern translation by Paul Turner.
Francis Bacon essays, selections 
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 β Δ (K) [4b]
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 
Shakespeare (continue with Ambleside Online rotation)
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; $)
Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar, by Nancy Wilson ($; 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.
Rural Hours, by Susan Fenimore Cooper Δ ($)
William Harvey and the Discovery of the Circulation of the Blood, by Thomas Henry Huxley
Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at Ambleside Online
Term 1: Barbara Allen, Star of the County Down, Andrew Barton
Term 2: The Death of Queen Jane, The Miller of Dee, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Term 3: Three Mariners, The Oak and the Ash, My Lodging is on the Cold Ground
Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies
Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.
Note on Audiobooks: While links to audio books are added as a courtesy, Miss Mason's approach to grammar and composition is heavily dependent upon the children receiving an immense amount of visual exposure to the written word over many years, so parents should exercise extreme caution in how many audiobooks they use each year. Our brains just work differently when we see the words. For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text. (Back)
0. AO's Bible plan goes through the Bible semi-chronologically over 6 years in Years 6-11. This year's Bible readings would be as follows:
* Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-14; Matthew 1-11; Psalms 106-118; Proverbs 1-6
** 1 Samuel 15-31, 2 Samuel 1-24; Matthew 12-21; Psalms 119-124; Proverbs 7-11
*** 1 Kings, Ecclesiastes; Matthew 22-28; Psalms 125-150; Proverbs 12-16 (Back)
1. Saints and Heroes: for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6 (Back)
Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a Century Chart and Book of Centuries. Instructions for making your own timelines and charts are included in these Parents' Review articles: Book of the Centuries; Teaching Chronology; The Correlation of Lessons. For more details about the why, when, how of keeping CM timelines (and other notebooks), we recommend Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page ($). (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)
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)
4b. The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys: $ from Kelly Kenar, who typed this e-text for the use of AOHEO. Postage at lulu.com is automatically set to UPS ground which is expensive, but you can choose media mail which is substantially cheaper. (If you purchase this book, we request that you purchase from the link provided, as other publishers' reprints of this book have used Kelly's hand-typed etext.)
Term 1: ch 1 (The Listening Time) - ch 12 (Father of English Song)
Term 2: ch 13 (How Caedmon Sang) - ch 24 (Chaucer)
Term 3: ch 25 (First English Guide-book) - ch 31 (Sign of the Red Pale)
AO schedules this book in conjunction with Invitation to the Classics; more material is covered in Marshall's History of English Literature from Year 7 to the middle of Year 10, and more is covered in Invitation to the Classics from the middle of Year 10, and through Year 11. If you prefer to use only Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($), Year 8 students would read pg 113-176 The Second Shepherds' Play and Everyman to John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress. A Table of Contents to help with planning is here. (Back)
5. I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed): There's a newer version translated by Omero Sabatini called Promise of Fidelity ($), 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
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