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Based on AO's Year 10
Detailed weekly schedules for these books are available in various formats:
Html List; PDF; modifiable DOC; modifiable ODT

History studied in Year 10: 1815 - 1901/02
Term 1: 1815-1860, Term 2: 1816-1865 America, Term 3: 1865-1902

As students mature, their reading material will present more challenging content, and may include strong language and more mature themes. We have placed footnotes linked in red beside those books that most parents will consider an issue. However, we cannot anticipate which content might be an issue for every family. We encourage parents to pre-screen material to determine its appropriateness for their child and family. 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.

Table of Contents:


Key: (What do all those symbols mean?)
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 -, another free ebook site.
Δ - free etext at
K - free Kindle text from
($) - hard-copy book purchase from
(K) - Kindle purchase from
- 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

       Old Testament: Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Hosea, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Habakkuk
       New Testament: John, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians
       Psalms 56-105
       Proverbs 1-16

              Bible Gateway has many versions of the Bible online. [4]

Suggested Devotional Reading

       Knowing God by J. I. Packer ($; purchase audio CD)
       The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink ($ K)
               OR The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis β Δ ($ K) Ω


Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [6]

       The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill ($ K) (a schedule here)
                OR A History of the American People by Paul Johnson ($ K)

       Arguing About Slavery by William Lee Miller ($)

       Various speeches

       Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown (optional; $)


       The Story of Abraham Lincoln by Mary Hamilton Δ Ω
               or The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay β Δ


       Eothen by Alexander Kinglake β Δ ($) Ω

Government and Economics

       The Law by Frederic Bastiat (or here; $ K)
       On Liberty by John Stuart Mill β Δ ($) Ω
       Graves of Academe by Richard Mitchell ($)

       A basic government book [08]

       Optional: PragerU 5-minute video clips [10]


       Ourselves by Charlotte Mason ($) [12]
       Plutarch's Lives - follow AO's Plutarch rotation. [14]
       Character is Destiny by Russell Gough ($)
       Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin (A modern English paraphrase is available; $ K)
       One Blood by Ken Ham (optional; there's also a study guide at AIG; video also being added to site.($)

Current Events

Students should have a plan for keeping up with current events. This is not optional. [16]


       How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer ($) [18]
       The Deadliest Monster by Jeff Baldwin ($)


       Invitation to the Classics by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($) [20]
       Les Miserables by Victor Hugo β Δ ($) Ω
       Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe β Δ ($) Ω
       Frankenstein by Mary Shelley β Δ ($) Ω AND Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson β Δ ($) Ω
       Silas Marner by George Eliot β Δ ($) Ω

Short Stories

       * My Kinsman, Major Molineux by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1832)
       * Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1835; from Mosses from an Old Manse) Ω
       * The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe (1839) Ω
       ** The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol (1842) audio Ω Ω
       ** A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert (1877; also called A Simple Soul) Ω
       ** The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880) Ω
       *** The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant (1884) Ω
       *** How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy (1886) Ω
       *** The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (1897) Ω

       Shakespeare - Continue with AO's Shakespeare rotation. [22]


       Ralph Waldo Emerson
               Art: K

       Frederick Douglass
               An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage
               My Escape From Slavery Ω

       G. K. Chesterton
                A Piece of Chalk
               The Twelve Men
               What is Right With the World


       Samuel Taylor Coleridge (download 23 poems here.)
       Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning (download some poems here.)
       Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman

Grammar and Composition

If you've read the selections from Years 7-9, use The Book on Writing: the Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque ($ K)

       On the Art of Writing by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (optional; $)


       2 Corinthians 6; Ephesians 4; Proverbs 1-4; Hebrews 8; Amos 5:1-24; 1 Peter 2
       Psalm 19; Psalm 111; Psalms 121; Psalm 122; Psalm 145; Psalm 118
       Shakespeare passages
       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.


Do dictation regularly.


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


       The Handbook of Nature Study Δ by Anna Botsford Comstock (as a reference) ($)

       Apologia science text (search OR BJU Press Science

       Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman ($ K)
       Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif (chapters 3-8 this year; $ K)

Nature Study

       Walden by Henry David Thoreau β Δ ($ K; free Kindle edition may be missing segments)


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


       The Story of Painting by H. W. Janson - The Age of Machines ($) [24]

       Continue the artist rotation posted at AmblesideOnline


Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at AmblesideOnline

Folk Songs:
       When Johnny Comes Marching Home, 1863 ($mp3)
       Buffalo Gals, 1848 ($mp3)
       Simple Gifts, 1848 ($mp3)
       Dixie, 1859 ($mp3)
       John Brown's Body, 1860 ($mp3)
       Poverty Knock, origin uncertain (please preview and edit the verses as your family sees fit) term three
       The Triumph of General Ludd, 1811 ($mp3)
       The Arms Of Abraham ($mp3)
       Various Songs by Stephen Foster (purchase CD of Foster songs)

Foreign Language

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


Study nutrition
Keep fit

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 10 in addition to the Year 10 Free reading List


2. 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)

4. 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:
    * Isaiah 1-66; John 1-10; Psalms 56-74; Proverbs 1-6
    ** Amos, Micah, Hosea, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah 1-16; John 11-21; Psalms 75-88; Proverbs 7-11
    *** Jeremiah 17-52, Habakkuk; 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians; Psalms 89-105; Proverbs 12-16 (Back)

6. Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a Century Chart and Book of Centuries. Students at this level in the PNEU schools made summaries of dates and events, referred to maps as they read their history, and made century charts. 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)

8. A basic government book: High School students will need to earn credit for basic government. This material can be done in Year 9, 10, 11 or 12. Some options:
Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution is a ten-week online course offered by Hillsdale College. You have to register with a login and password, but the course is free.
The Everything American Government Book, by Nick Ragone; a schedule is here. ($ K).
Exploring Government Curriculum Package, by Ray Notgrass (purchase from CBD)
The Story of the Constitution, Second Edition, by Sol Bloom and Lars Johnson (Christian Liberty Press; OOP; $) There is a teacher's edition/answer key available. (OOP; $)
This 10-minute YouTube video presents a clear explanation of the difference between a republic based on law, and a democracy based on majority rule. (Back)

10. PragerU's free video clips "explain and spread what we call 'Americanism' through the power of the Internet. Our five-minute videos are conservative sound bites that clarify profoundly significant and uniquely American concepts. . . We help millions of people understand the fundamental values that shaped America." Transcripts are linked under each video. AO has a list of their videos here. (Back)

12. Ourselves: approximately 22 pages per term. This book will continue through all the remaining years of AO/HEO curriculum. This is the 4th volume of Mason's 6 Volume Series. This year: pages 1-67 of Book 2.
Also available in a modern English paraphrase that can be read online or purchased. (K) The paraphrase of Book 2, Self-Direction, the second half of Volume 4, can be purchased as a separate paperback book.
Term 1: Book 2 pg 1-21
Term 2: Book 2 pg 21-48
Term 3: Book 2 pg 49-67 (Back)

14. Plutarch: Charlotte Mason recommended Thomas North's "inimitable translation." ($) If you need to cut back, do one or two Lives this year. (Back)

16. Charlotte Mason had students at this level read the daily news and keep a calendar of events. We suggest students choose the most important 2 or 3 stories of the week and re-write them in their own words as a chronicle of the year, making the heading of each page something like "This Week in History, September 1st, 2003." Parents: pre-read and filter current events materials (on the web, or in print) as necessary, due to the potential for coverage and topics of an explicit nature, even from conservative sources. We've listed some possible options here.
Blogs as a media form have rapidly overtaken hard-copy publications. News is being reported there, in some cases, faster and more accurately than other, older media forms. Students should learn about them, find one they trust, and check it regularly. However, we recommend that parents first become familiar with blogs and visit the one(s) their children will frequent. We suggest several poliblogs here, but parents should know that not every message on these blogs will be 'child-friendly' and often have ads that include scantily clad women. Also, most blogs link to a multitude of other blogs and sites that may not be child-friendly.
Comments posted on blogs can be considered a new media equivalent of a letter to the editor, and students should learn how to communicate well on blogs. (Back)

18. How Should We Then Live: The video series of the same title offers a strong supplement to the book. (purchase DVD series) (Back)

20. Invitation to the Classics: pages 203 to 306 this year, or about 25 chapters, beginning with Jane Austen, and ending just before James Joyce; the chapters are short.
Alternately, you could continue (or supplement with) History of English Literature for Boys and Girls, by H.E. Marshall β Δ (K) Chapters 74-85 (Wordsworth to Tennyson.) purchase from Kelly Kenar, who typed this text for AO.) Table of Contents arranged by Year and Term for both books are available: History of English Literature; Invitation to the Classics. (Back)

22. Shakespeare: Leithart's book Brightest Heaven of Invention ($) is a Christian study guide for 6 Shakespeare plays: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing. (If you need to cut back, do one or two plays this year.) (Back)

24. If you already have Janson's Picture History of Painting, Janson's History of Art for Young People or Janson's History of Art, those books are broken down into their appropriate terms for Years 7-11 here. Note that Janson's History of Art is a huge book, and may be too much for most students on top of their other reading. (Back)

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Last update June 19, 2017