History studied this year: 55 BC to 1333
Term 1: 55 BC-900AD; Term 2: 900-1190; Term 3: 1190-1333
Weekly schedule is here.
Table of Contents:
BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
Suggested Devotional Reading
Students who will be moving up to Form 4 next year (and will not be doing Form 3 next year) should read these books, which are scheduled in Form 3 next year, if they have not already read them:
Many thanks to David Hicks, author of Norms and Nobility, for his kind permission to draw from his work and ideas. For more information please see the amazon.com link to the 1999 edition of his book.
2. Audiobooks: While links to audio books are added as a courtesy, Miss Mason's approach to grammar and composition is heavily dependent upon the student 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 students 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. Forgotten Classics has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. (Back)
4. AO for Groups offers a weekly plan to take students in both Forms III and IV simultaneously through the entire Bible in six years using the same schedule. The schedule is here; it can be printed off as needed and used as a bookmark.
Resources: Study questions with maps; Bible Maps; Bible timeline. Encyclopedia of Bible Truths, 4 Volumes by Ruth C. Haycock (purchase from CBD)
Charlotte Mason had her students reading a commentary. We suggest you use what fits best with your group's belief system, keeping in mind that this year should be a bit meatier than previous years. (Back)
6. The Pursuit of God: 1949, a call to devotion. (Back)
8. The Pursuit of Holiness: a no nonsense guide to godly living. (Back)
10. Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a Century Chart and Book of Centuries. 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)
12. The Birth of Britain is Volume 1 of Winston Churchill's four volume set, "A History of the English Speaking Peoples." The next three volumes will be used in later years. Don't get the one edited by Henry Steele Commager, as it's abridged. If you can figure out how to use this, this book is online in audio For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for all 4 volumes of A History of the English Speaking Peoples, and a schedule to break down the week's chapter into 4 short daily readings.
(Maps of medieval England)
Term 1: Chapter 1-7
Term 2: Chapter 7-13
Term 3: Chapter 14-20
An alternate option is A History of England by Arnold-Forster, ch 1-20, online at archive.org, Google Books; a schedule is here. (Back)
16. The Magna Carta: also online here. A modern rendering is available, with this caveat: Use paraphrases cautiously. If a student is truly lost and discouraged, a paraphrase can provide understanding and get him over the hump. But the goal is to build up his reading skills so that he doesn't need a paraphrase, and that won't happen by constantly relying on a paraphrase. (Back)
20. Saints and Heroes is church history.
Term 1: ch 1 Cyprian-ch 09 Columba
Term 2: ch 10 Charlemagne-ch 13 Bernard
Term 3: ch 18 Wycliffe-ch 14 Becket-17 Francis (Back)
24. Ourselves: approximately 22 pages per term. This book will continue through all the remaining years of the AO curriculum. This is the 4th volume of Mason's 6 Volume Series. Pages 1-65 of Book 1 are scheduled this year.
Also available in a modern English paraphrase that can be read online or purchased. (K) The paraphrase of Book I, Self-Knowledge, the first half of Volume 4, can be purchased as a separate paperback book, with this caveat: Sometimes it's necessary to use a paraphrase - everybody has to start somewhere and a brand new student might feel like they're dealing with a foreign language and need to ease up on one or two books - but consistently relying on paraphrases won't do your student any favors.
Term 1: Book 1 pg 1-20
Term 2: Book 1 pg 21-44
Term 3: Book 1 pg 45-65
26. Charlotte Mason had students at this level read the daily news and keep a calendar of events. We suggest students choose the most important 2 or 3 stories of the week and re-write them in their own words as a chronicle of the year, making the heading of each page something like "This Week in History, September 1st, 2003." Teachers: pre-read and filter current events materials (on the web, or in print) as necessary, due to the potential for coverage and topics of an explicit nature, even from conservative sources. We've listed some possible options here.
Blogs as a media form have rapidly overtaken hard-copy publications. News is being reported there, in some cases, faster and more accurately than other, older media forms. Students should learn about them, find one they trust, and check it regularly. However, we recommend that teachers first become familiar with blogs and visit the one(s) their students will frequent. We suggest several poliblogs here, but know that not every message on these blogs will be 'child-friendly' and often have ads that include scantily clad women. Also, most blogs link to a multitude of other blogs and sites that may not be child-friendly.
Comments posted on blogs can be considered a new media equivalent of a letter to the editor, and students should learn how to communicate well on blogs. (Back)
28. The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys: $ from Kelly Kenar, who typed this e-text for the use of AO. Postage at lulu.com is automatically set to UPS ground which is expensive, but you can choose media mail which is substantially cheaper. (If you purchase this book, we request that you purchase from the link provided, as other publishers' reprints of this book have used Kelly's hand-typed etext.)
Term 1: ch 1 (The Listening Time) - ch 8 (Beginning of the Reading Time)
Term 2: ch 9 (The Passing of Arthur) - ch 14 (The Father of English History)
Term 3: ch 15 (First English Guide-book) - ch 20 (Piers the Ploughman)
AO schedules this book in conjunction with Invitation to the Classics; more material is covered in Marshall's History of English Literature in Form 3, and more is covered in Invitation to the Classics in Form 4. If you prefer to use only Invitation to the Classics by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($), Students would read pg 77-106 Early Christian Writers to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight this year. A Table of Contents to help with planning is here. (Back)
30. Ivanhoe: books such as Ivanhoe only seem hard if you're not accustomed to the advanced writing and ideas of older books. The way to get used to them is to keep reading them. Go slow, refer to a summary when you, the teacher, have to in order to help your student through the material. Katie Barr has provided a Study Guide for Ivanhoe. (Back)
32. The Once and Future King, hereafter referred to as TOAFK, Book One ("The Sword in the Stone") and Book Two ("The Queen of Air and Darkness") will be divided over three terms. This book is intended to compliment and expand on King Arthur, and should not be the student's only exposure to the Arthurian legends. NOTE: This is a read aloud and discuss book. **Please preview.** The themes in this book, although controversial, are too important to dismiss. For more information, read discussion about this book. (Back)
33. The Age of Chivalry: Students who are unfamiliar with the King Arthur story and find Age of Chivalry out of reach may prefer Tales of King Arthur and the Round Table by Andrew Lang ($ K) Ω
. A schedule for it to pace the book through most of the year is here. Conversely, a student who is familiar with the Arthurian legends and is ready to move on to something different may read Part 2 of The Age of Chivalry: The Mabinogoen. A schedule for that is here. (Back)
34. Beowulf: AO recommends the edition of Seamus Heaney's translation with graphics that illuminate the setting and objects mentioned in the text. The page numbers in the 36-week schedule are from this book. ($); there's a cheaper edition of Seamus Heaney without illustrations. ($) Another favorite: an updated verse translation by Frederick Rebsamen ($ K); the version by Burton Raffel is also very accessible ($ K), or use this free-verse version with our usual caveat: using easier versions of hard books won't help your student build the skills and confidence to tackle challenging content in the future. The best way to learn to read hard books is to read hard books. Go slow, unravel sentence by sentence if you have to, refer to a summary to check yourself (or to get over an especially difficult hump). Sometimes an easier version is necessary, but keep in mind the long range goal: to be able to handle the original with confidence. Another (not easy) option: Online Translation by Francis B. Gummere. Most versions have 43 parts; that also appears in the 36-week schedule. Ω ☊ (Back)
35. Poetry: How do you "do" poetry? Simply read it and enjoy it, re-read it, read it again and listen to the sound of the phrases, let them paint a word picture in your mind. Do you feel like you need more direction? How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry" by Tania Runyan is "less as an instructional book and more of an invitation." This is a suggested optional parent resource that encourages you read poetry for enjoyment. (Back)
36. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1919, edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch, is a poetry anthology Charlotte Mason used; it's very good, and it's online in a searchable format. (Poems 1-24, 29, 31-33) The same text, but with a different title, is also at Project Gutenberg β The best way to tackle these is to have your student rewrite them in their own words. There are some tips for reading Middle English here. As a parent/teacher resource, this site offers modern translations of the assigned poems. Click the first line, then click the word "translation" at the top. AO offers some rough and general modern translations here, but be aware that allowing your student to use paraphrases as a crutch will not help him acclimate to Middle English. We suggest the parent/teacher use the paraphrases only to help the student through the material. Check online sites such as Librivox for free audio readings of poems.
If you prefer, you can use Representative Poetry Online: Follow this time-line of English Poetry and do an anthology of sorts this term. Some firewalls may block access to this link - just a technical glitch. In that case, try this: shorten the URL to http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/index.cfm then click on "e-Resources" which will take you to a search field. Type in "Representative Poetry." From that page, choose "timeline" and you'll be in the right place. (Back)
38. The Grammar of Poetry by Matt Whitling, from the Imitation in Writing series (Logos School Materials; purchase from CBD: Updated Edition; Teacher's edition; With the current edition, you need both student and teacher's editions. If you can only afford one, purchase the student edition and ask in the forum if you can't work out the answers. (Back)
40. Easy Grammar Plus: It is not necessary to memorize the prepositions at the start, just write a list of them and explain an easy way to remember most of them, such as "any way a worm can go in relations to two apples," or "any way a swallow can go in relation to two mountains." A parent using this with one child could get by with only the Teacher's Edition since the student workbook is included in it, but multiple students would need their own workbooks. There are about 330 student worksheets in this thick book; expect to do one sheet every day to get through the book in two years. (Purchase from their website or CBD) Easy Grammar Grade 8 Student 180 Daily Teaching Lessons by Wanda Phillips is just as good; it also has the student workbook included in the teacher's edition. Work through Easy Grammar Plus over two years. Students who are moving up to Form 4 and only have a single year in Form will need to work through it quicker.
If you prefer, you can use Jensen's Grammar. It goes slowly and step-by-step using a thorough answer key, but is not quite as simple as Easy Grammar Plus. There are 75 lessons, so plan to take two years, doing one lesson per week. Students who need to get through the material in a single year should do two lessons per week. Expect to pay about $30 for the Jensen's text and answer key. The DVD's are not necessary. You will probably find it cheaper at New Leaf Publishing, or other homeschool sellers such as Lamppost Homeschool.
Those who are more familiar with grammar may prefer Our Mother Tongue. It's more interesting as it uses classic literature for exercises and includes snippets of history about language, but it assumes the teacher has grammar experience (the answer key doesn't always help). The Answer Key $ booklet is sold separately for about $5. (Back)
42. Science: If your student wants to pursue a scientific major and needs to prepare for special exams, you may want to contact your college of choice to find out what the requirements are. We have not undertaken to prepare our students for specialty exams, but to give them a foundation of knowledge about science which will make it a matter of interest to them for life. (Back)
44. First Studies of Plant Life: this book will be continued next year. Planting, growing and observing germinating seeds and plants is necessary to benefit from this book. Also online at Google Books.
If you prefer, you may substitute Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeanne Fulbright ($) over Forms 3 and 4, with selected activities from the book. (Back)
These books are currently in print through Lerner Publishing Group and can be purchased new from Book Depository. Some of the American references may have been converted to British references.
The original book has gone out of print and seems to be difficult to find, although it does pop up; public libraries would be the obvious first place to look since the book isn't really that old. Please don't feel that the Advisory is asking anyone to go on a major quest for the only excellent book out there. That's not what was intended by leaving the book on the list, only that if you CAN get a copy, it's still our first choice for Year Six. If you are unable to access it, another option might be The Boy Scientist by John Bryan Lewellen, out of print, but more readily available at used book sources than Secrets of the Universe. Another option is The Sciences by Edward Holden, out of print, but online. Charlotte Mason herself recommended Holden's book, so even simply taking a look at it will give an idea of the kind of science text she would have used. We don't usually recommend out of print books, or very expensive books. All of these books are good, and if you can obtain them, we suggest you use them. However, we continue to seek an alternative that fits our guidelines of excellence, availability, and affordability. (Back)
48. Signs and Seasons - read Prologue and Chapter 1 this year, including note on how to use properly. Both the book and journal are cheaper from CBD. Field work is an integral part of this book.
If you prefer, A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations by Milton Heifetz may be used. ($ K) (Back)
50. The Lay of the Land: These are stand-alone essays. AO scheduled one or two chapters per term to match up with US seasonal months. Feel free to rearrange them to fit the seasons where you live.
ch 1 The Muskrats are Building (autumn)
ch 2 Christmas in the Woods (winter)
ch 3 A Cure for Winter (midwinter)
ch 4 The Nature-Student (any season)
ch 5 Chickadee (winter)
ch 6. The Missing Tooth (winter)
ch 7 The Sign of the Shad-bush (spring)
ch 8 The Nature Movement (spring/summer)
ch 9 June (early summer)
ch 10 Broken Feather (spring)
ch 11 High Noon (summer)
ch 12 The Palace in the Pig-pen (spring)
ch 13 An Account with Nature (late summer)
ch 14 The Buzzard of the Bear Swamp (late summer)
ch 15 The Lay of the Land (summer) (Back)
51. Fallacy Detective: There are 36 "lessons" in the book (newer editions have 38). Ideally, take two years to go through the book, covering a lesson every other week. Students who are moving into Form 4 and only have a single year can do a lesson per week. (Back)
52. How to Read a Book: Be sure to get the revised edition. written by both Mortimer J. Adler And Charles Van Doren. If Van Doren is not a co-writer, it's the older book. It was revised in 1972, but later books may not be called "revised." The version to use has five chapters in part 1; 7 chapters in part 2; 7 chapters in part 3; and two chapters in part 4. The unrevised edition may have fewer parts.
The book is read slowly, but this material is weighty and should give much material for reflection and discussion. Ideally, students should take two years to cover Parts 1 and 2. However, students who are moving into Form 4 and only have a single year should do both Parts in one year, as Parts 3 and 4 will be read in Form 4. There is a two year schedule here, and a one-year schedule here. These can be printed and used as a bookmark. (Back)
54. Janson's Story of Painting: chapters 1-3 this year. (Some nudity; preview first.) 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 AO Years 7-11 here. Note that Janson's History of Art and History of Art for Young People are a huge books with much more text than the Painting books, and may be too much for most students on top of their other reading. (Back)
56. Foreign Folk Songs: Charlotte Mason did 3 in French and 3 in German. (Back)
58. English Folk Songs: you may choose to continue the Folk Song rotation at AmblesideOnline; as well as the AmblesideOnline rotation for Hymns each term. Carols would do for the Winter term. Work on each song about 4 weeks. Folksongs which are particularly appropriate selections for this year's time frame include:
The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood, The Three Ravens, The Outlandish Knight. Lyrics and the midi files
When The King Enjoys His Own Again, Farewell to Lochaber, Battle of Otterburn, or any other tunes of your choice from this website. Again, work on each song about 4 weeks, reviewing as desired. The idea is to enjoy them, not turn them into drudgery.
Find them here. Other folksongs are also online. (Back)
60. Charlotte Mason's students were learning three languages at this level. A good English/foreign language dictionary is also recommended.
You might find that your foreign language studies cover enough grammar to be counted as English Grammar as well. (Back)
62. Athough "In Freedom's Cause" is a work of fiction, it is a more accurate account of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in Scottish history than is available in many other similar books. (Back)
64. Chaucer for Children by Mrs. H. R. Haweis contains these tales: The Knight's Tale; The Friar's Tale; The Clerk's Tale; The Franklin's Tale; The Pardoner's Tale. A Taste of Chaucer contains edited-for-students versions of the following tales: The Monk's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, The Tale of the Clerk of Oxenford, The Manciple's Tale, The Franklin's Tale, Chaucer's Tale, The Tale of the Man of Law, The Canon's Yeoman's Tale, The Pardoner's Tale. Letting your student loose on an unedited version of Canturbury Tales is not recommended! This online version has a modern paraphrase alongside the original, but it isn't edited. Another here. The Chaucer Story Book Δ by Eva Tappan ($) is a prose retelling for children from 1908. Before deciding to use Tappan's prose retelling instead, consider that swapping out hard books for easier ones is giving soft food to children who haven't learned to really chew solids yet: sometimes it's necessary. But don't give up too early on helping them (and you!) "chew" through the challenging material. With that in mind, some stories may be read from this as an additional supplement. The following stories from Tappan's book are not in Haweis's Golden Key:
ch 3 The Man of Law's Tale: The Story of Constance
ch 4 The Prioress's Tale: Little Hugh of Lincoln
ch 5 The Nun's Priest's Tale: The Cock, The Hen, and The Fox
ch 7 The Wife of Bath's Tale: The Unknown Bride
ch 10 The Squire's Tale: Cambuscan and the Brazen Horse
ch 12 The Canon's Yeoman's Tale: The Priest Who Learned to be a Philosopher (Back)
66. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy: There is a Canadian supplement to this book. (Back)
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