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Based on AO's Year 9
Detailed weekly schedules for these books are available in various formats:
Html List; PDF; modifiable DOC; modifiable 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.

Table of Contents:


Key: (What do all those symbols mean?)
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

       Old Testament: 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Obadiah; Jonah
       New Testament: Mark, Acts, James, Galatians
       Psalms 1-55
       Proverbs 17-31

              Bible Gateway has many versions of the Bible online. [04]

Suggested Devotional Reading

       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) [6]


Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [8]

       The Age of Revolution by Winston Churchill ($ K)
                OR A History of the American People by Paul Johnson ($ K) [10]

       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)

       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 ($)


       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 ($)


       * Longitude by Dava Sobel ($ K)
               OR 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 [12]

       Optional: PragerU 5-minute video clips [14]


       Ourselves by Charlotte Mason ($) [16]
       Plutarch's Lives - follow AO's Plutarch rotation. [18]
       An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope (or here) β Δ Ω
               (You may wish to do Suggested Selections)
       The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis ($ K)

Current Events

       Students should have a plan for keeping up with current events. [20]


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


       The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall ch 60-73 β Δ (K) [22]
       The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (or here) β Δ; $ K) Ω [24]
       * 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 AO's Shakespeare 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) [25]


       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.


Do dictation regularly.


Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.


       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) [26]
       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 [28]


       The Story of Painting by H. W. Janson - Towards Revolution and part of The Age of Machines ($) [30]

       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


2. 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)

4. 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)

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

8. 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)

10. 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)

12. 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)

14. 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. (Back)

16. Ourselves: approximately 22 pages per term. This book will continue through all the remaining years of AO curriculum. This is the 4th volume of Mason's 6 Volume Series. This year: pages 131-210 of Book 1.
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.
Term 1: Book 1 pg 131-155
Term 2: Book 1 pg 156-178
Term 3: Book 1 pg 179-210 (Back)

18. Plutarch: Charlotte Mason recommended Thomas North's "inimitable translation." ($) (Back)

20. 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." Parents: 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 parents first become familiar with blogs and visit the one(s) their children will frequent. We suggest several poliblogs here, but parents should 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)

22. 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)

24. 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)

25. Grammar: In terms of difficulty (easiest to most challenging), Easy Grammar Plus is probably the easiest, followed by Jensen's, and then Our Mother Tongue.
Jensen's Grammar goes slowly and step-by-step; their answer key is thorough (Our Mother Tongue doesn't always have answers). There are 75 lessons, so plan to take two years, or else do two lessons per week. Expect to pay about $30 for the Jensen's text and answer key. The DVD's are not necessary. You will probably find it cheaper at New Leaf Publishing, or other homeschool sellers such as Lampost Homeschool.
If you are not confident about teaching grammar, you might prefer Easy Grammar Plus by Wanda Phillips. It's less intense than Jensen's, but still doesn't assume a lot of previous knowledge from the teacher. It's easier than Jensen with just a couple suggested alterations (for example, don't insist on memorizing the prepositions at the start, just write a list of them and explain an easy way to remember most of them: any way a worm can go in relations to two apples, or a swallow in relation to two mountains). A parent using this with one child could get by with only the Teacher's Edition since the student workbook is included in it, but multiple students would need their own workbooks. ($ 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 worbook included in the teacher's edition.

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. The Answer Key $ is sold separately for about $5. Our Mother Tongue has 49 chapters. One suggestion is to spread the book over two years, doing about 9 chapters per term. (Back)

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

28. 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)

30. 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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June 19, 2017