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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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KEY TO SYMBOLS
BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan. 
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 "John Wesley Denounces the Doctrine of Predestination"
Washington's Farewell Address Ω
Miracle at Philadelphia, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($)
The Life of George Washington, by David Ramsay ($) 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.)
John Adams, by David McCullough ($ K) OR John Adams and the American Revolution, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($)
The Story of Napoleon, by H.E. Marshall Δ ($ K) or The Boy Life of Napoleon, by Eugenie Foa OR The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson, by Robert Southey β Δ ($)
The Royal Road to Romance, by Richard Halliburton ($)
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 
Keep up with daily news (resource options here) and keep a calendar of events
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 
* 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 (24 notated poems from RPO here)
William Cowper and Phillis Wheatley (25 poems here)
George Gordon, Lord Byron (23 poems here)
The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets, by Suzanne Clark (optional)
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)
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 begining a personal quote book.
Also, do dictation regularly.
Do dictation regularly.
Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.
Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at AmblesideOnline
The Skye Boat Song
The World Turned Upside Down
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
Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies
Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.
Try to use books that were not included from Year 9, or the Year 9 Free reading List
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)
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 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.) 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 few chapters will be finished over the summer. (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)
July 30, 2014
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