Years 9-10-11: First Year Booklist

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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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.

Asterisks refer to which term the book is used: * Term 1 ** Term 2 *** Term 3

β - manybooks.net, another free ebook site.
α - free etext at archive.org.
K - free Kindle text from amazon.com.
(£amzn) - Living Books Press purchase using AO's amazon.com affiliate link.
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(K) - Kindle purchase using AO's amazon.com affiliate link.
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Λ - 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.

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AmblesideOnline Year 9-10-11 Curriculum

Daily Work:

Weekly Work:

Weekly Readings

The following weekly readings should be broken up into daily readings in whatever way works best for your family.

Bible and Christian Theology

Bible: if you continue AO's plan, read 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Obadiah, Jonah; Mark, Acts, James, Galatians; Psalms 1-55; Proverbs 17-31 this year. (Next year, read Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Hosea, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah 1-16, Habakkuk; John, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians; Psalms 56-105; Proverbs 1-16 and plan to finish the Bible in Year 12.)

Note Upcoming Changes: The AO Advisory is currently working on updated revisions to our Devotional and Citizenship/Worldview subjects for this Year. As we adjust these subjects, our changes will be listed as alternate options for the 2022-2023 school year. You may wish to go ahead and use the selections currently listed, or wait to purchase books until the changes are posted. Either choice--the current book list or the updated one--will be a strong option.

finish Saints and Heroes, Vol 2, by George Hodges α for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6: ch 13 Fox, ch 12 Wesley (in Weeks 2 and 3) ($amzn) (K)

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence α ($amzn) Ω
Knowing God, by J. I. Packer ($amzn) (K) Audio ($amzn)
The Attributes of God, by A. W. Pink ($amzn) (K) will be continued into next year)

History

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

The Age of Revolution, by Winston Churchill ($amzn) (K) volume 3 of History of the English Speaking Peoples; schedule here [2]
The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill ($amzn) (K), volume 4 of History of the English Speaking Peoples; schedule here
Miracle at Philadelphia, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($amzn)
The section on George Washington from James Baldwin's Four Great Americans, online here.
Arguing About Slavery, by William Lee Miller ($amzn) will be continued into next year)

Biography

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

History Supplements and Speeches

Patrick Henry's famous 'Give me liberty or give me death' speech, 1775
Edmund Burke's Plea for Conciliation with the American Colonies, March 22, 1775
The Declaration of Independence
Articles of Capitulation, Yorktown
Constitution of the United States [3a]

Literature

Battle of the Books, by Jonathan Swift ($amzn) paraphrase
Isaac Bickerstaff, by Richard Steele β α ($amzn)
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys, by H.E. Marshall ch 60-85 β α ($amzn) (K) Lulu.com)
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley β α ($amzn) Ω
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson β α ($amzn) Ω
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe β α ($amzn) Ω
Love is a Fallacy, by Max Schulman

Shakespeare for the 2022-2023 School Year:
* Henry V
** The Tempest
*** The Merchant of Venice

Short Stories

My Kinsman, Major Molineux by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1832; also here)
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1835; also here) 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

Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Art; Nature)
Frederick Douglass (Reconstruction, An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage, My Escape From Slavery) Ω

Poetry

William Cowper and Phillis Wheatley
George Gordon, Lord Byron (23 poems here)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning (some poems here.)

Copywork

Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation. Consider beginning a personal quote book.

Dictation

Do dictation regularly.

Grammar and Composition

Writers Inc, by Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, Dave Kemper ($amzn) (OR one of the grammar options from an earlier year if you haven't done grammar yet)
The Book on Writing: the Ultimate Guide to Writing Well, by Paula LaRocque (will be continued into next year)
How To Read a Book, revised edition, by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren ($amzn) (K)

Recitation

Psalm 23; Isaiah 40; Romans 8; Matthew 5; James 1; 1 John 1
Shakespeare passages
a poem per term from the term's poetry selections

Foreign Language

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

Geography

The Royal Road to Romance, by Richard Halliburton ($amzn) (K)

Citizenship

Note Upcoming Changes: The AO Advisory is currently working on updated revisions to our Devotional and Citizenship/Worldview subjects for this Year. As we adjust these subjects, our changes will be listed as alternate options for the 2022-2023 school year. You may wish to go ahead and use the selections currently listed, or wait to purchase books until the changes are posted. Either choice--the current book list or the updated one--will be a strong option.

Ourselves, by Charlotte Mason (£) (£amzn)
An Essay on Man, a four-part poem, by Alexander Pope (or here) β α Ω (You may wish to do Suggested Selections) [4]
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis ($amzn) (K) [5]
Character is Destiny, by Russell Gough (£) (£amzn)
Sesame and Lilies, by John Ruskin; A modern English paraphrase ($amzn) (K)

Plutarch for the 2022-2023 School Year:
Term 1: Marcus Brutus (Study Guide with text; Text Only)
Term 2: Pericles (Study Guide with text; Text Only)
Term 3: Fabius (Study Guide with text; Text Only)
Purchase this year's study guides, Vol 8, in one book: ($amzn) (K)
AO's full Plutarch rotation

Government and Economics

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine β α Ω
Essays (from John Hopkins's Notions on Political Economy), by Jane Haldimand Marcet α
The Law, by Frederic Bastiat (or here; ($amzn) (K) OR this 107-page pdf
On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill β α ($amzn) (K) Ω
A basic government book [3]

Current Events

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

Worldview

War of the Worldviews, by Gary DeMar ($amzn)
Postmodern Times, by Gene Edward Veith ($amzn)
The Deadliest Monster, by Jeff Baldwin ($amzn)

Nature Study and Science

The Handbook of Nature Study α, by Anna Botsford Comstock (as a reference) ($amzn)
Apologia science text ($earch) OR BJU Press Science
The Microbe Hunters, by Paul de Kruif α ($amzn) (K) chapters 1-3

Nature Study Topics for the 2022-2023 School Year:
summer/fall: Birds
winter: Mammals
spring: Wildflowers/flowerless plants AO's full Nature Study rotation

Mathematics

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

Logic

Art

The Story of Painting, by H. W. Janson - Towards Revolution and part of The Age of Machines ($amzn)

Artists (Picture Study) for the 2022-2023 School Year:

2022-2023 Term 1 Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890; Dutch Post-Impressionist)

(This term's composer: Mahler, Bruckner)

1. The Starry Night, 1889, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
2. The Chair and the Pipe, 1888, National Gallery, London
3. The Night Café, 1888, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
4. Self Portrait as an Artist, 1888, Paris, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise (part of a traveling exhibit?)
5. The Vase with Sunflowers, 1888, Paris, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise
6. Bedroom at Arles, 1889, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Further Interest: The Yellow House (be sure it's the picture book by Susan Goldman Rubin)
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

2022-2023 Term 2 Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520; Italian Renaissance)

(This term's composers: Ralph Vaughn Williams, Edward Elgar; 20th Century British.)

Biography. Note: If you use the Wikipedia biography, preview it first.
1. The Knight's Dream, 1504, National Gallery, London
2. St. George and the Dragon, 1504-6, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
3. Galatea, 1512, Villa Farnesina, Rome
         OR Young Woman with a Unicorn, 1506, Galleria Borghese, Rome (more here)
4. Sistine Madonna, 1512-1514, Dresden, Germany
5. The Miraculous Draft of Fishes, 1515, The Vatican, Rome (more about this series here)
6. Ezekiel's Vision, 1518, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

2022-2023 Term 3 John Singer Sargent (1856-1925; American)

(This term's composer: Grieg and Sibelius)

Biography
1. Oyster Gatherers of Cancale, 1878, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
2. The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
3. The Breakfast Table, 1884, also here Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge, MA. The woman is Violet, Sargent's younger sister.
4. Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-6, Tate Britain, London (also here)
5. An Artist in his Studio, 1904, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
6. Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892-3, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Further Interest: Theodore Roosevelt, 1903, The White House, Washington, D.C.
       Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife, 1885, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

AO's full Artist rotation

Note: PDF files for AO's picture study are being made available for you to download and print yourself from "A Humble Place"; you can access the PDF files of pictures by clicking the "Individual Artworks Only" link by each artist's name. The "Picture Study aid" link is an additional optional resource and may require you to submit your email address or make a purchase, but the "Artworks Only" link is provided with no strings attached.

Music

Composers for the 2022-2023 School Year:

2022-2023 Term 1 Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) and Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) (This term's artist: Vincent Van Gogh)

1. Mahler: Symphony 1 in D major "Titan" * *
2. Mahler: Symphony 9 * *
3. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (song cycle) * *
4. Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E-flat major "Romantic" WAB 104 * *
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Bruckner; Mahler

2022-2023 Term 2 Edward Elgar (1857-1934) and Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958; 20th Century British) (This term's artist: Raphael Sanzio)

1. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony 1 (A Sea Symphony) * *
2. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves * *
3. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis * *
     Further Interest: The Lark Ascending * *
4. Edward Elgar: Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op 20 * *
5. Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Op 39 No.1 March in D Major * *
6. Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations Op 36 * *
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Elgar; Vaugn Williams

2022-2023 Term 3 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957; zhan suh BAY lee us) and Edvard Grieg (1843 -1907) (This term's artist: John Singer Sargent)

1. Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite no 1 Op 46 * *
2. Grieg - Piano Concerto in A Op 16 * *
3. Grieg - Norwegian Dance Op 35 no 2 * *
4. Grieg - Lyric Suite Op 54 * *
     For further interest: Lyric Pieces Op. 12 * *
5. Sibelius - Finlandia Op. 26 no 7 * *
6. Sibelius - Symphony No. 1 in E min Op. 39 * * or Symphony No. 2 in D maj Op. 43 * *
     Free Ebook for younger students Edvard Grieg: The Boy Who Made Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun by Thomas Tapper
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Sibelius; Grieg

AO's full Composer rotation

Hymns for the 2022-2023 School Year:
August: More Love To Thee, O Christ *
September: He Leadeth Me * * * *
October: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind *
November: He Hideth My Soul * * * *
December: How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds * * *
January: What A Friend We Have In Jesus * *
February: I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath * *
March: Redeemed, How I Love To Proclaim It *
April: I'm Not Ashamed to Own My Lord *
May: Sweet Hour of Prayer * * *
June: Rock of Ages * *
July: I Stand Amazed in the Presence *
August: The Rock That Is Higher Than I *

AO's full Hymn rotation

Folksongs for the 2022-2023 School Year:
July: My Country 'Tis of Thee AO doesn't schedule folksongs for summer, but Hannah Fridenmaker picked a couple of songs to supplement for those doing folksongs in July/August.
August: America The Beautiful
Bonus: I Know Moonlight, I Know Starlight * * * *

September: Did You Go To the Barney * * ($mp3)
October: Waltzing Matilda * ($mp3)
November: The Fox (went out on a chilly night) * * ($mp3)
During your Christmas break, try a carol you may be less familiar with:
The Wexford Carol or While Shepherds Watched Their Flock *
January: The Mermaid * * ($mp3)
February: Wayfaring Stranger * ($mp3)
March: Whoopie Ti Yi Yo Git Along Little Dogies * ($mp3)
April: Red River Valley * ($mp3)
May: Crawdad Song * ($mp3)
June: I'll Fly Away * * ($mp3)

AO's full Folksong rotation

Folk Songs for this time period:
The Skye Boat Song
The World Turned Upside Down
Yankee Doodle
The Water is Wide
Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier
Robert Burns' poetry and music fit this era. One example: A Man's a Man For a' That
When Johnny Comes Marching Home, 1863
Buffalo Gals, 1848
Simple Gifts, 1848
Dixie, 1859
John Brown's Body, 1860

Health and Physical Education

Study nutrition
Keep fit: 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 purchase

Life and Work Skills

Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.

Free Reading

Following is a list of books from the Lite Years that were not scheduled for this combined plan and should be consulted first for free reading. If you need more, consult the free reading suggestions from the AO booklist for Years 9, 10, and 11.

Year 9:

The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer ($amzn) (K)
The Story of Napoleon, by H.E. Marshall α ($amzn) (K) or The Boys Life of Napoleon, by Eugenie Foa OR The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson, by Robert Southey β α ($amzn) (K)
John Adams, by David McCullough ($amzn) (K) OR John Adams and the American Revolution, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($amzn)
She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith β α ($amzn) Ω
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen β α ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) DVD: ($amzn) Ω
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, also here β α Unabridged translation by R. Buss: ($amzn) (K) Ω
The Land of Little Rain, by Mary Austin β α ($amzn) Ω

Year 10:

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis β α ($amzn) (K) Ω
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Alexander Brown; optional ($amzn) (K)
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo β α ($amzn) (K) Ω One possibility: Family Radio Theater's dramatic audio ($amzn)
Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($amzn) (Purpose of, Importance of, Classics are not Canon, and all chapters from Jane Austen to Joseph Conrad)
How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer ($amzn) (K) The video series of the same title offers a strong supplement to the book. DVD: ($amzn)
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau β α ($amzn K free Kindle edition may be missing segments)

Year 11:

Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain ($amzn) (K)
When Character Was King, by Peggy Noonan, 20 chapters ($amzn)
The World: Travels 1950-2000, by Jan Morris, formerly James ($amzn) (K) (brief non-graphic mention of the author's gender-change operation in chapter 18, titled "Casablanca." The chapter is very short and can be skipped or removed. Also some language on pg 233 and 242.) (Geography)
Our National Parks, by John Muir OR The Life of the Caterpillar, by J. Henri Fabre (Fabre texts with photos)
Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($amzn) (chapters from James Joyce to Contemporary Writers)
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($amzn) (K)

Footnotes

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.
Librivox free audio is done by volunteers, and some are better than others. Heidi Nash has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. Be aware that apps, including Librivox, that have clickable ads can open a browser and allow children unfiltered access to the internet, even when browsers have been disabled by the parent. There are options: either download mp3 files from Librivox and listen without the app, or only install the app on a parent-controlled device. Librivox has a pay option to turn off ads.

Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.
(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 ($amzn). Two Book of Centuries options: (£) (£) (Back)

2. Churchill: A History of the American People by Paul Johnson ($amzn) (K) is an option, although its focus is on the US. If you choose to use it, we provide a weekly schedule for Years 9-10-11 in Two Years. (Back)

3a. US Constitution: If your student needs help, you might look at something to read alongside the Constitution. One suggestion: this paraphrase printed as a side by side parallel - The Constitution Made Easy by Michael Holler ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) (Back)

3. 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:

Foundation for Freedom: A Study of the United States Constitution Workbook by Lars Johnson - This "workbook" is the text with review exercises after each chapter, which can be skipped. ($amzn) Foundation for Freedom is an updated, full-color version of The Story of the Constitution, Second Edition by Sol Bloom and Lars Johnson ($amzn). Both appear to be the same book/workbook, but the newer one is in color. (Sol Bloom's original 1937 Story of the Constitution, which Lars Johnson used as a foundation for his own book, is online at Hathi Trust.) Because it was written in 1937, it stops at the 21st Amendment. Lars Johnson did an excellent expanding and updating the Bloom book by adding concerns that weren't on the radar in 1937. He also wrote a chapter on limited government, checks and balances, and Biblical morality as well as a full-page explanation of each Amendment; Sol Bloom's book just explains each Amendment with a sentence or two. If you are in a situation where you need an online resource, the Sol Bloom text could work, but you should also seek out a source that explains why each Amendment was added and what it does.

Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution is a twelve-week online course offered by Hillsdale College with 40-minute streaming video lectures (or you can download the audios). You have to register with a login and password, but the course is free. After you register, "you can find out how to get a copy of Hillsdale's U.S. Constitution Reader, the essential companion to the course, which contains over a hundred primary source documents edited by Hillsdale's Politics faculty." The website says the course begins on Feb 24, but their FAQ says their courses are archived so you can start them at any time, and you can go at your pace.

Exploring Government Curriculum Package by Ray Notgrass (purchase from CBD)

The Everything American Government Book by Nick Ragone is an easy to read explanation of political terms (such as caucus, filibuster, bureaucracy, regulatory commission, judicial review, pork barrel spending, gerrymandering) with a minimum of bias. The author glosses over the Constitution, giving his interpretation of the key points, so this is not a substitute for learning what's in the U.S. Constitution. If you decide to use this book, we provide a schedule that divides it over either 36 weeks or 18 weeks. ($amzn) (K).

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)

4. Pope's Essay on Man: Read a little background on Pope (there's a tiny bit in English Literature for Boys and Girls), and you'll see his poetry is "of the brain" and not the heart. With that in mind, read a few stanzas (perhaps AO's Suggested Selections), and see if you can re-write them in prose, just to get a flavor of his writing, and the thinking that was prevalent during the era (he is a man of his time, and his ideas are more timely than timeless). The sentimental and romantic poets were a reaction against poetry like this (in part). Once you've experienced the thing, there's really no need to read it all. (posted by Karen Glass) (Back)

Plutarch: Charlotte Mason recommended Thomas North's "inimitable translation." (Back)

5. The Four Loves: The CSLewisDoodle channel has a series of YouTube videos with C.S. Lewis himself reading The Four Loves, while an artist draws illustrations to go along with the text. (Back)

Last updated Mar. 16, 2021

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