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AO Yr 9 Basic Version

AmblesideOnline Year 9 Basic Version

Based on AO's Year 9 (AmblesideOnline has provided detailed weekly schedules for these books in various formats: Html List; PDF; DOC, ODT)

History studied in Year 9: 1688-1815 including French and American revolutions
Term 1: 1688-1730, Term 2: 1730-1786, Term 3: 1786-1815

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 God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer ($)
The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence Δ ($) Ω
Saints and Heroes, Vol 2, by George Hodges Δ ($ K) [1a]


Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [tl]
The Age of Revolution, by Winston Churchill ($ K) OR A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson ($ K) [1a]
Salem witch trial transcript
The Declaration of Independence Ω
Articles of Capitulation, Yorktown
The Federalist, articles 1 and 2 Δ Ω
Patrick Henry's famous 'Give me liberty or give me death' speech Ω
Edmund Burke's Plea for Conciliation with the American Colonies, March 22,1775 Ω
Constitution of the United States (current copy here)
online Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Sermon Ω Ω AND Free Grace: John Wesley Denounces the Doctrine of Predestination
Washington's Farewell Address Ω
Miracle at Philadelphia, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($)

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The Life of George Washington, by David Ramsay ($) or The Student's Life of Washington, by Washington Irving β Δ (or other biography of Washington; there's a briefer but good section in James Baldwin's Four Great Americans.)
The Story of Napoleon, by H.E. Marshall Δ ($ K) or The Boy Life of Napoleon, by Eugenie Foa OR The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson, by Robert Southey β Δ ($)

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

Government and Economics

Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?, by Richard Maybury ($)
Common Sense, by Thomas Paine β Δ Ω
Essays (from John Hopkins's Notions on Political Economy), by Jane Haldimand Marcet Δ
A basic government book [2]

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 ($) [3]
Plutarch's Lives (follow AmblesideOnline's rotation)
An Essay on Man, by Alexander Pope (or here) β Δ Ω (You may wish to do Suggested Selections)
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis ($ K)

Current Events

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


War of the Worldviews, by Gary DeMar ($)
Postmodern Times, by Gene Edward Veith ($)

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The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys, by H.E. Marshall ch 60-73 β Δ (K) [3b]
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (or here) β Δ; $ K) Ω [4]
* Battle of the Books, by Jonathan Swift ($)
* Isaac Bickerstaff, by Richard Steele β Δ ($)
** She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith β Δ ($) Ω
*** Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen β Δ ($ annotated K) Ω
Shakespeare (continue with AmblesideOnline rotation)


Alexander Pope
William Cowper and Phillis Wheatley
George Gordon, Lord Byron (23 poems here)
The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets, by Suzanne Clark (optional)

Grammar and Composition

Writers Inc, by Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, Dave Kemper ($) (OR Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar, by Nancy Wilson $ if you haven't done it yet)

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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


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.
Also, do dictation regularly.


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

A Living Science option is still in the works, but you may opt to beta test it. See our note on the progress of

Nature Study

The Microbe Hunters, by Paul de Kruif ($ K) [5]
The Land of Little Rain, by Mary Austin β Δ ($) Ω


How To Read a Book revised edition, by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren (spread over 3 years) ($; K)
Love is a Fallacy, by Max Schulman [6]

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The Story of Painting, by H. W. Janson - Towards Revolution and part of The Age of Machines ($) [07]
Continue the artist rotation posted at AmblesideOnline


Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at AmblesideOnline
Folk Songs:
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

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 9, or the Year 9 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)

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:
    * 2 Kings; Mark; Psalms 1-20; Proverbs 17-21
    ** 1 Chronicles; Acts 1-21; Psalms 21-37; Proverbs 22-26
    *** 2 Chronicles, Obadiah, Jonah; Acts 22-28, James, Galatians; Psalms 38-55; Proverbs 27-31 (Back)

1a. Saints and Heroes: for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6 (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)

1a. The Age of Revolution is Volume 3 of Winston Churchill's 4 volume set, "A History of the English Speaking Peoples." These volumes are used across Years 7-10. Americans and those who desire a more accurate picture of the American Revolution (which is covered in Term 2) may prefer another option, or at least an additional option. One option would be to use the Churchill book alone for terms 1 and 3, and substitute an American history book to be used alone for term 2.
Term 1: ch 1 William of Orange - ch 6 Treaty of Utrechte
Term 2: ch 7 The House of Hanover - ch 15 The Indian Empire
Term 3: ch 16 The Younger Pitt - ch 25 Elba and Waterloo
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.
Or, use A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson: An easier read than Morison (more engaging), perhaps more editorial in places. Juicier than either Churchill or Morison. Very enthusiastically pro-American. Year 9 students would read approximately pages 79-269/279.
Term 1: pg 79-117
Term 2: pg 121-184
Term 3: 184-279 (Back)

2. 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)

3. Ourselves: There is a modern English paraphrase of this book. You can read it online (K) (Back)

3b. The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys: $ from Kelly Kenar, who typed this e-text for the use of AO/HEO. Postage at 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.) This year: Chapters 60-73, on Dryden, Defoe, Swift, Addison, Steele, Pope, Johnson, Goldsmith, Burns, and Cowper.
Term 1: ch 60 (Dryden) - ch 66 (Dick Steele)
Term 2: ch 67 (Pope) - ch 72 (Burns)
Term 3: ch 73 (Cowper)
AO schedules this book in conjunction with Invitation to the Classics; more material is covered in Marshall's History of English Literature from Year 7 to the middle of Year 10, and more is covered in Invitation to the Classics from the middle of Year 10, and through Year 11. If you prefer to use only Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($), Year 9 students would read pg 177-202 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels to Hamilton,Madison, andJay - The Federalist. A Table of Contents to help with planning is here. (Back)

4. The Count of Monte Cristo: the last third of the book can be finished over the summer. This book really, really needs to be finished to see its messaage of repentance, regret, sorrow, forgiveness, redemption. Two schedules are available: one that schedules two-thirds of the book over 36 weeks and leaves the last third for summer reading, [and one that schedules the entire book over the 36 week period, which completes the book during the school year, but makes for some heavy reading during the year.] There are schedules listed that can be used as bookmarks for both the abridged 2/3 schedule [and the full schedule]. (Back)

5. Microbe Hunters: Ch 2 on Spallanzani (book will be continued in Years 10 and 11) (Back)

6. Love is a Fallacy - An amusing short story which manages to entertain while instructing in some of the basic rhetorical fallacies. There's an alternate link here, and a pdf file here. We continue to update links, but this one has been a moving target. The story begins, "Cool was I and logical. Keen, calculating, perspicacious, acute and astute." If our link doesn't work, you might try googling with those exact words and the author's name (Shulman) to find it elsewhere on the internet. (Back)

7. 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 Years 7-11 here. Note that Janson's History of Art is a huge book, and may be too much for most students on top of their other reading. (Back)

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July 30, 2014