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AO Yr 10 Basic Version

AmblesideOnline Year 10 Basic Version

Based on AO's Year 10; (AmblesideOnline has provided detailed weekly schedules for these books in various formats: Html List; PDF; DOC, 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.

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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

Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan. [1]
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

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Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [tl]
The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill ($ K) (volume 4 of his History of the English Speaking Peoples; 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

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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 [1a]

Optional: 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.

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Ourselves, by Charlotte Mason ($) [2]
Plutarch's Lives (follow AmblesideOnline's rotation)
Character is Destiny, by Russell Gough ($)
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

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


How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer ($) [3]
The Deadliest Monster, by Jeff Baldwin ($)

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Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($) [45]
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo β Δ ($) 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 Ambleside Online rotation)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Art: K; Nature)
Frederick Douglass (Reconstruction, 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.

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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)

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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 ($) [5]
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)

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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.

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Free Reading

Try to use books that were not included from Year 10, or the Year 10 Free reading List


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)

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)

1. 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)

1a. 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)

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

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

4. 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)

5. 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 July 30, 2014