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AO Years 10/11 (9, 10, 11 in Two Years)

AmblesideOnline Years 10/11: Booklist

AmblesideOnline Years 9, 10, 11 in Two Years; Second Year. AmblesideOnline has provided detailed weekly schedules for these books in various formats: Html List; PDF; DOC, ODT

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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

Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
      * Term 1
     ** Term 2
   *** Term 3

Bible and Christian Theology

Bible: if you continue AO's plan, read read Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Hosea, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah 1-16, Habakkuk; John, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians; Psalms 56-105; Proverbs 1-16. (Plan to finish the Bible in Year 12.)
The Attributes of God, by A. W. Pink ($ K; continue from previous year)
The Holiness of God, by R. C. Sproul ($ K)
The Pleasures of God, by John Piper ($ K)

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Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. [tl]
The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill ($ K) (volume 4 of his History of the English Speaking Peoples; a schedule here) (continue from previous year)
A History of the Twentieth Century: The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History, by Martin Gilbert ($)
Arguing About Slavery, by William Lee Miller ($; continue from previous year)
The Men Behind Hitler, by Bernhard Schreiber
The Trial at Nuremberg (short essay)


Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank ($ K(unedited)) OR The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom ($ K)
     Woodrow Wilson, entering World War I, April 2, 1917 "War Message"
     Lou Gehrig's farewell to baseball speech July 4, 1939 (also see biography on the site)
     Winston Churchill "Blood, sweat and tears" May 13, 1940
     Winston Churchill "Their finest hour" June 18, 1940
     Franklin Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor address December 8, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy"
     Dwight David Eisenhower--Supreme Allied Commander broadcasts D-Day invasion order June 5, 1944 (Real Audio only--1 min. 42 sec. click on Speech Archive, scroll down to first Eisenhower entry) "The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."
     Franklin Roosevelt D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944
     Douglas MacArthur's farewell to Congress April 19, 1951 "Old soldiers never die"
     John F. Kennedy's Inauguration January 20, 1961 "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
     John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" June 26, 1963
     I Have a Dream speech, by Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963 OR "I've been to the mountaintop" March 3, 1968
     Ronald Reagan--Brandenberg Gate June 12, 1987 "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

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Eothen, by Alexander Kinglake β Δ ($) Ω

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Government and Economics

Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt ($ K)
Graves of Academe, by Richard Mitchell ($)
Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?, by Richard Maybury ($)
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.


Ourselves, by Charlotte Mason ($ purchase paraphrase for Kindle)
One Blood, by Ken Ham (study guide at AIG; video also being added to site.($)
Plutarch's Lives (follow AmblesideOnline's rotation)

Current Events

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


Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, by David Breese ($ K)
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman ($ K)

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Silas Marner, by George Eliot β Δ ($) Ω
The Chosen, by Chaim Potok ($)
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (3 parts)($ K)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee ($)

Short Stories

     The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant (1884) Ω
     How Much Land Does a Man Need?, by Leo Tolstoy (1886) Ω
     The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane (1897) Ω
     The Machine Stops, by E. M. Forster (1909)
     The Open Window, by Saki (Hector.H. Munro; 1914)
     Barn Burning, by William Faulkner (1939)
     Shooting an Elephant, by George Orwell (1936)
     The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber (1939)
     The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson (1948)
     The Outstation, by Somerset Maugham (1950)
     A & P, by John Updike (1961)
     Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1961)
     Everything That Rises Must Converge, by Flannery O'Connor (1965)

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     Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman
     Edna St. Vincent Millay
     Short Anthology of Modern Poetry


     G.K. Chesterton (A Piece of Chalk; The Twelve Men; What is Right With the World)
     In Defense of the Essay, by Christopher Orlet
     The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent, by John Erskine, 1915
     The Superstition of School, by G.K. Chesterton, 1923, from The Common Man
     Master of Many Trades, by Robert Twigger, 2013
     Introduction to Athanasisus' Incarnation, by C. S. Lewis, 1944
     The Inner Ring, by C. S. Lewis, 1944
     Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell, 1946
     Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, by Ronald Reagan, 1983
     Can Beauty Help us to Become Better People?, by John Armstrong, 2014
     You're Regretting Wrong, by Judith Shulevitz, 2014
     The Problem With Too Much Information, by Dougald Hine, 2014

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Grammar and Composition

The Book on Writing: the Ultimate Guide to Writing Well, by Paula LaRocque ($ K; continue from previous year)
On Writing Well - The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser ($ K)


2 Corinthians 6; Ephesians 4; Proverbs 1-4; Hebrews 8; Amos 5:1-24; 1 Peter 2
Psalm 19; Psalm 111; Psalms 121; Psalm 122; Psalm 145; Psalm 118
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.

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Science and Nature Study

The Handbook of Nature Study Δ by Anna Botsford Comstock (as a reference) ($)
Apologia science text (search OR BJU Press Science
Microbe Hunters, by Paul de Kruif (chapters 4-12 this year; $ K)
Six Easy Pieces, by Richard P. Feynman ($ K)

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Poverty Knock, origin uncertain (please preview and edit the verses as your family sees fit) term three
The Triumph of General Ludd, 1811 ($mp3)
The Arms Of Abraham ($mp3)
Various Songs by Stephen Foster (purchase CD of Foster songs)

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.

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Free Reading

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.

Year 9:
The God Who is There, by Francis Schaeffer ($)
The Story of Napoleon, by H.E. Marshall Δ ($ K) or The Boys Life of Napoleon, by Eugenie Foa OR The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson, by Robert Southey β Δ ($)
John Adams, by David McCullough ($ K) OR John Adams and the American Revolution, by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($)
She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith β Δ ($) Ω
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen β Δ ($ annotated K) Ω
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (or here β Δ; $ K) Ω
The Land of Little Rain, by Mary Austin β Δ ($) Ω

Year 10:
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)

Year 11:
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. For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text. (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)

1. Invitation to the Classics: pages 307 to 366 this year, beginning with James Joyce, and continuing to the end of the book; the chapters are short. Table of Contents arranged by Year and Term for both books is available here.

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)

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