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AO Yr 11 Basic Version

AmblesideOnline Year 11 Basic Version

Based on AO's Year 11. (AmblesideOnline has provided detailed weekly schedules for these books in various formats: Html List; PDF; DOC, ODT)

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

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]
The Holiness of God, by R. C. Sproul ($ K)
The Pleasures of God, by John Piper ($ K)

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Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [tl]
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
The Trial at Nuremberg (one short essay; the original link is gone, and the new site hosting the article includes graphic war images, so we've used an link until we find a replacement.)

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!"


Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank ($ K(unedited)) OR The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom ($ K)

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

Government and Economics

Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt (or here; $ K)
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 ($) [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)

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Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($) [4]
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($ 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)
** Shooting an Elephant, by George Orwell (1936)
** 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
* The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent, by John Erskine, 1915
* The Superstition of School, by G.K. Chesterton, 1923, from The Common Man
* Master of Many Trades, by Robert Twigger, 2013
** Introduction to Athanasisus' Incarnation, by C. S. Lewis, 1944
** The Inner Ring, by C. S. Lewis, 1944
** Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell, 1946
*** Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, by Ronald Reagan, 1983
*** Can Beauty Help us to Become Better People?, by John Armstrong, 2014
*** You're Regretting Wrong, by Judith Shulevitz, 2014
*** The Problem With Too Much Information, by Dougald Hine, 2014

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

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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.


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

Nature Study

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

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Continue the artist rotation posted at AmblesideOnline


Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at AmblesideOnline
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

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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:
    * Lamentations, Ezekiel 1-36; 2 Corinthians, Romans; Psalms 106-118; Proverbs 17-2
    ** Ezekiel 37-48, Joel, Daniel, Ezra; Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 1 Peter; Psalms 118-124; Proverbs 22-26
    *** Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, Nehemiah, Malachi; Hebrews, 2 Timothy, 2 Peter, Jude, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John; Psalms 125-150; Proverbs 27-31 (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)

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 - only half of this book is scheduled. There's 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)

4. Invitation to the Classics: pages 307 to 366 this year, beginning with James Joyce, and continuing to the end of the book; the chapters are short. Table of Contents arranged by Year and Term for both books is available here.

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Last update July 30, 2014