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Ambleside Online Year 11 Plan B

Based on AO's Year 11. 36-week schedule here.)

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 11: The 20th century
Term 1: 1900-1940, Term 2: 1940-1960, Term 3: 1960-present

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.

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

Devotional Reading
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:
        * Lamentations, Ezekiel 1-36, 2 Corinthians, Romans
        ** Ezekiel 37-48, Joel, Daniel, Ezra, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 1 Peter
        *** Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, Nehemiah, Malachi, Hebrews, 2 Timothy, 2 Peter, Jude, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John
The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul ($ K)
The Pleasures of God by John Piper ($ K)

A History of the Twentieth Century: The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History by Martin Gilbert ($)
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain ($)
The Men Behind Hitler by Bernhard Schreiber (online here)
The Trial at Nuremberg (one short essay online here)
Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank ($ K(unedited)) OR The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom ($ K)
When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan (20 chapters; $)

Various speeches (four per term are scheduled; others are optional but inserted in the 36-week schedule where they fit chronologically.)
* Woodrow Wilson, entering World War I, April 2, 1917 "War Message"
* Lou Gehrig's farewell to baseball speech July 4, 1939 (also see biography on the site)
* Winston Churchill "Blood, sweat and tears" May 13, 1940
* Winston Churchill "Their finest hour" June 18, 1940
** Franklin Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor address Dec 8, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy"
** Eisenhower--D-Day invasion order June 5, 1944 "The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."
** Franklin Roosevelt D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944
** Douglas MacArthur's farewell to Congress April 19, 1951 "Old soldiers never die"
*** John F. Kennedy's Inauguration January 20, 1961 "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
*** John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" June 26, 1963
*** I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. Aug 28, 1963 OR "I've been to the mountaintop" March 3, 1968
*** Ronald Reagan--Brandenberg Gate June 12, 1987 "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

The World: Travels 1950-2000 by Jan Morris, formerly James ($) [2]

Government and Economics
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (online here or here) ($ K)
A basic government book [1]

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (online $) [3]

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

Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by David Breese ($ K)
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman ($ K)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($ K)
The Chosen by Chaim Potok ($)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (3 parts) ($ K)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ($)

Short Stories
* The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (1909)
* The Open Window by Saki (Hector.H. Munro; 1914)
* Barn Burning by William Faulkner (1939)
** The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber (1939)
** The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)
** The Outstation by Somerset Maugham (1950)
*** A & P by John Updike (1961)
*** Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1961)
*** Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor (1965)

In Defense of the Essay by Christopher Orlet
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation by Ronald Reagan
Home Places by Gene Logsdon
The Spirit of Youth: What was so new about Futurism? by Morgan Meis
The Joy of Literary Destruction: Writers who broke all the rules by Wendy Lesser
Can Beauty Help us to Become Better People? by John Armstrong
Lane Cooper's Lessons by Michael Dirda
The Artistic Ordering of Life by Albert S. Cook (Good, but long)
You're Regretting Wrong by Judith Shulevitz
The Problem With Too Much Information by Dougald Hine
The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent by John Erskine
A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell
Living Like Weasels by Annie Dillard
The Superstition of School by G.K. Chesterton
Master of Many Trades by Robert Twigger
Introduction to Athanasisus' Incarnation by C. S. Lewis
Politics and the English Language by George Orwell
Arts and Letters daily is a good aggregate source for current essays

Or, if you prefer a book, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman ($ K) [50a]

Edna St. Vincent Millay
A short anthology of Modern Poetry [poet]

Grammar and Composition
On Writing Well - The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser ($ K)

Matthew 6; 2 Timothy 3; Psalms 27; 33; Hebrews 9; John 1:1-14; Psalms 91; 136; Acts 2:14-47; Ephesians 6; Psalms 122, 123 (these are short); Psalms 119:9-30
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.

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 ($ K) (chapters 9-12 this year)

Nature Study
Our National Parks by John Muir (online here) OR The Life of the Caterpillar by J. Henri Fabre (online here) Fabre texts with photos

Continue the artist rotation posted at Ambleside Online

Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at Ambleside Online
Folk Songs:
* Over There; It's a long way to Tipperary; There's a Little Blue Star in the Window
** White Cliffs of Dover; When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World; I'll Be Seeing You
*** Where Have All the Flowers Gone; We Shall Overcome; Okie from Muskogee

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 11, or the Year 11 Free reading List

Exam Questions


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)

1. 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: 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 (Book & Cd Rom) by Alpha Omega Publications and Christian Liberty Press
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)

A short anthology of Modern Poetry: some suggestions are Norton's Anthology of Modern Poetry or The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Third Edition, Volume 2: Contemporary Poetry (Back)

2. The World: Travels 1950-2000 - brief non-graphic mention of the author's gender-change operation in chapter 18, titled "Casablanca." The chapter is very short and can be skipped or removed. Also some language on pg 233 and 242. (Back)

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

Last update Aug 23, 2007