AmblesideOnline Years 9/10: Booklist
AmblesideOnline Years 9, 10, 11 in Two Years; First Year. Detailed weekly schedules for these books are available in various formats:
Html List; PDF; modifiable DOC; modifiable ODT
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.)
finish Saints and Heroes, Vol 2, by George Hodges Δ 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) ($ K)
Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [tl]
The Age of Revolution, by Winston Churchill ($ K; volume 3 of his History of the English Speaking Peoples; a schedule here) 
The Great Democracies by
Winston Churchill ($ K) (volume 4 of his History of the English Speaking Peoples; a schedule here)
Miracle at Philadelphia, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($)
chapter on George Washington from James Baldwin's Four Great Americans here.)
Arguing About Slavery, by William Lee Miller ($; will be continued into next year)
Various online speeches and documents:
The Royal Road to Romance, by Richard Halliburton ($)
Government and Economics
War of the Worldviews, by Gary DeMar ($)
Postmodern Times, by Gene Edward Veith ($)
The Deadliest Monster, by Jeff
Grammar and Composition
Writers Inc, by Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, Dave Kemper (OR one of the grammar options from an earlier year if you haven't done grammar yet)
The Book on Writing: the Ultimate Guide to Writing Well, by Paula LaRocque (will be continued into next year)
How To Read a Book, revised edition, by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
Psalm 23; Isaiah 40; Romans 8; Matthew 5; James 1; 1 John 1
a poem per term from the term's poetry selections
Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation. Consider beginning a personal quote book.
Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.
Science and Nature Study
The Story of Painting, by H. W. Janson - Towards Revolution and part of The Age of Machines ($)
Continue the artist rotation posted at AmblesideOnline
Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies
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 $
Life and Work Skills
Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.
The 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.
The Imitation of Christ,
by Thomas a Kempis β Δ ($ K) Ω
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Alexander Brown (optional; $)
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo β Δ ($) Ω (one possibility: Family Radio Theater's dramatic audio $)
Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($) (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 ($) The video series of the same title offers a strong supplement to the book. (purchase DVD series)
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
β Δ ($ K; free Kindle edition may be missing segments)
Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain ($)
When Character Was King, by Peggy Noonan (20 chapters; $)
The World: Travels 1950-2000, by Jan Morris, formerly James ($) (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 ($) (chapters from James Joyce to Contemporary Writers)
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($ K)
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. (Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.) 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. Forgotten Classics has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. (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 ($). (Back)
2. Churchill: A History of the American People by Paul Johnson ($ K) is an option, although its focus is on the US. If you choose to use it, a weekly schedule for Years 9-10-11 in Two Years is here. (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. ($) Foundation for Freedom is an updated, full-color version of The Story of the Constitution, Second Edition by Sol Bloom and Lars Johnson ($). 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. One possibility is Kids.Laws.
Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution is a ten-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, a schedule that divides it over either 36 weeks or 18 weeks is here. ($ 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, 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)
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