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AO Year 7

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History studied in Year 7: Middle Ages, 800-1485
Term 1: 800-1066; Term 2: 1066-1333; Term 3: 1327-1485

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: Our booklists are incomplete without a thorough understanding of Charlotte Mason's ideas and methods. Please take time to familiarize yourself with her philosophy by reading her books. Additionally, our FAQ provides basic instructions and information about the AO curriculum, and answers all the questions that people routinely ask: AO's history scope and sequence, how to schedule your school days, how to do narration, and more.

Detailed weekly schedules for these books are available in various formats:
Html List; PDF; modifiable DOC; modifiable ODT

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 [2]
- other free audiobook source
[0] - Click the bracketed numeral to view any notes about the book near the bottom of the page.
[0] - red footnotes indicate a heads-up for parents about the title. We cannot 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

This is a collection of some of the best resources for this time period. Even Advisory members aren't able to cover all of these with every single one of their own students and have to be selective. Feel free to pick and choose from among these suggestions. The best choice may just be the book you already own, and the one from which your student can narrate. Read Wendi's informal chat about why these books were chosen and which ones are indispensable. (If this looks overwhelming for your student, you might consider plan B - a lightened load for year 7. See it here.

Bible and Christian Theology

Suggested Devotional Reading




Government and Economics


Current Events


Poetry [57]

Grammar and Composition




Science [74]

Nature Study




Foreign Language


Physical Education: Learn and play a game (kick ball, tennis, croquet, ping-pong, softball, etc.) or folk-dance, or pursue other physical activity of your choice. One option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran $

Life and Work Skills

Charlotte Mason had her students do house or garden work, make Christmas presents, other crafts, sew, cook, learn first aid . . .

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