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AO Old (2011) Year 4 AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online Old (2011) Year 4 36-Week Schedule

The week's reading can be divided up in whatever way works best for your family. Some students prefer sticking to one book and finishing a chapter in one sitting. Other students find it hard to focus for too long on one book and need to break up each week's reading over two days or even into five short daily segments. For that reason, we offer suggested reading for a

Week to allow parents to break that down into a tailored daily plan to fit their individual needs.

To this book schedule should be added daily penmanship, phonics, and math, as well as weekly nature study, art, music, and handicrafts. Correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and map. This PR article on Book of Centuries, as well as other PR articles about history, may be helpful. Foreign language should also be done.

Suggested Additional Books for Free Reading
Parents should explain to students that historical fiction, while often well-researched, is still fiction, and contains the author's ideas of how things might have happened.
(Books with asterisks pertain to that term's historical studies)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte Yonge
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Complete Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale
**Calico Captive (girl interest) or The Sign of the Beaver (boy interest) by Elizabeth George Speare
***Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
***The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery (British view of revolution)
Justin Morgan had a Horse, Marguerite Henry

Week 1
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 29. The Founding of Connecticut And War With the Indians (this period is also covered in The story of Mankind by Van Loon ch 44-45 Religious Warfare, English Revolution, and A Child's History of the World by Hillyer ch 71-72 (67-68 in 1st ed) Charles I, Louis XIV)
Trial and Triumph ch 28. Richard Cameron Lion of the Covenant (1644-1680)
Poor Richard pg 11-23
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 1 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 1. The Universe and Its Origins: Counting the stars pg 8
         How big is the universe? pg 9
         How can we measure star distances? pg 10
         Did our universe have a beginning? pg 11
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 1, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable preface
Robinson Crusoe: ch 1,2 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 2
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 30. The Founding of New Haven
Poor Richard pg 25-31
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 1 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 1. The Universe and Its Origins: An orderly universe pg 12
         The law of entropy pg 13
         Why doesn't everyone believe in God? pg 13-15
         More wonders pg 15
         An astronaut's wise word pg 15-16
Physics Lab in the Home: Why Is It Called Plumbing?, pg. 16
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 1 introduction (spend 3 weeks as needed)
Robinson Crusoe: ch 3, 4 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 3
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 31. The Hunt For the Regicides
Poor Richard pg 33-43
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 1 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 2. Dead Planets, Living World: What is the Solar System? pg 17
         What are the other planets like? pg 17-18
         Landing on Mercury? pg 18
         Landing on Venus? pg 18-19
         We land on Mars! pg 19-20
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 2, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 1 introduction (spend 3 weeks as needed)
Robinson Crusoe: ch 5, 6 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 4
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 32. King Philip's War
Poor Richard pg 45-55
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 2 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 2. Dead Planets, Living World: The outer planets pg 20
         Jupiter, king of the planets pg 20
         Saturn, the ringed planet pg 21
         Uranus, Neptune and Pluto pg 21
Physics in the Home: Is the Surface of a Lake or Ocean Really Flat?, pg. 17
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 1 introduction (spend 3 weeks as needed)
Robinson Crusoe: ch 7, 8 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 5
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 33. How the Charter of Connecticut Was Saved
Trial and Triumph ch 29. The Two Margarets The Solway Martyrs (1622-1685)
Poor Richard pg 57-69
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 2 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 2. Dead Planets, Living World: Dead planets pg 21-22
         The odd planet pg 22
         Why is the sun so important? pg 22-24
         A zone of life pg 24-25
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 3, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 2 spend 2 weeks as needed
Robinson Crusoe: ch 9, 10 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 6
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 34. The Witches of Salem
Poor Richard pg 71-77
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 2 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 3. The "Odd Planet:" What if? pg 26-27
         Rivers in the sea pg 27-29
         What could go wrong? pg 29
         The greenhouse effect? pg 29-30
Physics Lab in the Home: Back to the Aqueducts, pg. 19
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 2 spend 2 weeks as needed
Robinson Crusoe: ch 11, 12 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 7
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 35. The Founding of Maryland
Poor Richard pg 79-89
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 3 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 3. The "Odd Planet:" The terrible termites pg 30-31
         Holes in the air pg 31
         A major mystery pg 31-32
         The fundamental law of nature pg 32-33
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 4, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 3 Apollo and Daphne
Robinson Crusoe: ch 13, 14 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 8
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 36. How New Amsterdam Be Came New York
Poor Richard pg 91-101
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 3 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 4. World in the Making: pg 35-36
         Shaking the foundations pg 36
         Disappearance of the dinosaurs pg 36-38
         Was Earth struck by a giant asteroid? pg 38-39
Physics Lab in the Home: Going with the Flow, pg. 20
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 5, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 3 Pyramus ans Thisbe
Robinson Crusoe: ch 15, 16 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 9
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 37. How a German Ruled New York
Trial and Triumph ch 30. John Bunyan Happy Pilgrim (1628-1688)
Poor Richard pg 103-119
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 3 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 4. World in the Making: The "death star" theory pg 39-40
         Continents that move pg 40-42
         Cataclysms on Earth? pg 42
         What about the Genesis Flood? pg 42-43
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 3 Cephalus and Procris
Robinson Crusoe: ch 17, 18 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 10
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 38. Pirates!
Poor Richard pg 121-133
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 4 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 5. Mysteries of the Earth: pg 44-45
         Mountains where they shouldn't be pg 45
         How old is the Earth? pg 46
         How scientists use fossils to determine age pg 46-47
         What is radiometric dating? pg 47-49
Physics Lab in the Home: Faucets and Pipes, Rubber Washers, pg. 24; How Do Faucets Work?, pg. 25
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 6, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 4 Juno and her rivals: Io
Robinson Crusoe: ch 19, 20 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 11
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 39. The Founding of New Jersey
Poor Richard pg 135-145
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 4 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 5. Mysteries of the Earth: What's wrong with radiometric dating? pg 49-50
         From the beginning? pg 50-51
         What was Earth like when it was created? pg 51-52
         Will the mysteries ever be solved? pg 52-53
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 4 Callisto
Robinson Crusoe: ch 21, 22 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Week 12
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 40. The Founding of Pennsylvania
Poor Richard pg 147-158
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 4 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 6. How Science Works: pg 56
         How scientists test their ideas pg 57-58
         It's not really that easy pg 58-59
         Developing better theories pg 59-60
         Good science and bad science pg 60-61
Physics Lab in the Home: Water Seeks its Own Level, The Trap, pg. 28; Cleaning Out Blocked Sewer Lines, pg. 31
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 7, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Age of Fable ch 4 Diana and Actaeon
Robinson Crusoe: ch 23, 24 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)

Optional Exam Week

Week 13
The Bible
George Washington's World: the story begins, a boy of virginia pg 5-9, daniel boone pg 10-12, john adams farmer boy pg 12-14, john hancock a boy of boston pg 15-17, abigail a girl who liked ideas pg 18-19
Trial and Triumph ch 31. Jonathan Edwards Great Awakening Theologian (1703-1758)
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 5 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 6. How Science Works: The "ruling theory trap" pg 62-63
         Is scientific proof possible? pg 63-64
         7. Life in a Test Tube? pg 65
         Either/or pg 65-66
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 4 Latona and the rustics
Robinson Crusoe: ch 25, 26 (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 1

Week 14
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 41. How Benjamin Franklin Came To Philadelphia (this time period is also covered in The Story of Mankind by Van Loon ch 46-49 Balance of Power, Peter, Frederick, William I, Prussia and Child's History of the World by Hillyer ch 73-74 (69-70 in 1sr ed) Peter the Great, Frederick the Great)
George Washington's World: Pontiac a Boy of Ottawa pg 19-20, Benjamin West pg 21-22, The Friendly Printer pg 23-27, The Asantes of Africa pg 28-29, England vs Spain pg 30-31 (Note: the 1997 expanded edition was used in making this schedule; if your version of GW's World is older and not the expanded edition, you may wish to see this alternate schedule for this book.)
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 5 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 7. Life in a Test Tube? What do Evolutionists think happened? pg 66-67
         Stanley Miller's experiment pg 67
         What is a cell? pg 68-69
         How do we know it couldn't just happen? pg 69-72
Physics Lab in the Home: Surface Tension, pg. 32
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 8, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 5 Phaeton spend 2 weeks as needed
Robinson Crusoe: 27 (end) (not all books have chapter divisions; spend 14 weeks in this book)
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 2

Week 15
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 42. The Founding of North And South Carolina
George Washington's World: Spain and the Pueblos pg 32-34, Frederick pg 35-37, Johann Sebastian Bach pg 38, Catherine pg 39-41, The King of France pg 42-44
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 5 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 8. The Mystery of the Moths: The moths that changed! pg 73-74
         Other changes and evolution pg 74-75
         The Theory of Evolution and evolution pg 75-76
         What are genes and chromosomes? pg 76-77
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 5 Phaeton spend 2 weeks as needed
Kidnapped ch 1, 2
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 3 (see note here)

Week 16
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 43. War with the Indians in North and South Carolina
George Washington's World: Pierre Caron pg 45-48, Tthe Great Voltaire pg 49-51, James Cook Goes to Sea pg 52-53, James Watt a Clever Lad pg 54-56, A King But Not a Ruler pg 56-58
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 6 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 8. The Mystery of the Moths: What about those moths? pg 77-78
         What experiments show pg 78-79
         Were there "hopeful monsters"? pg 79-80
         What does the Bible say? pg 80-81
Physics Lab in the Home: Hot and Cold, pg. 34; What Is Heat?, pg. 35
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 9, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 6 Midas
Kidnapped ch 3, 4
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 4

Week 17
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 44. The Founding of Georgia
George Washington's World: Benjamin Franklin Looks and Learns pg 59-59, Fray Junipero Serra pg 62, Qianlong and the Barbarians pg 67-70, India and the European Traders pg 71-72, France and England in America pg 73-74
Trial and Triumph ch 32. George Whitefield Great Awakening Preacher (1714-1770)
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 6 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 9. The Record in the Rocks: What is a fossil? pg 82
         What do fossils have to do pg 83
         What did Charles Darwin think abut fossils? pg 84-85
         What are strata? pg 85-89
         Other problems, too pg 89-90
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 6 Baucis and Philemon
Kidnapped ch 5, 6
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 5

Week 18
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 45. How the Mississippi Was Discovered
George Washington's World: French and Indian War pg 75-80, Seven Years War Begins pg 81-82, The Empire Builder pg 83-85, Leave Our Land pg 86-89, George III pg 90-90
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 6 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 9. The Record in the Rocks: Taking wings pg 90-91
         Evidence for creation pg 91
         10. The Same, yet Different: pg 94-96
         Is similarity proof? pg 96-97
Physics Lab in the Home: Heat on the Move, pg. 37; Conduction, pg. 37
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 10, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 7 Proserpine spend 2 weeks as needed
Kidnapped ch 7, 8
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 6

Week 19
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 46. King William's War And Queen Anne's War
George Washington's World: A Young Poet Named Phillis pg 91-92, George and Martha Washington pg 93-95, Thomas Jefferson pg 96-98, The End of the Seven Years War pg 99-101, Goethe Sees Both Sides pg 101-103
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 7 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 10. The Same, yet Different: Why is homology good evidence? pg 97-98
         What are problems with homology? pg 98-99
         What about other similarities? pg 99-100
         What does the evidence show? pg 100
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 11, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 7 Proserpine spend 2 weeks as needed
Kidnapped ch 9, 10
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 7

Week 20
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 47. The Mississippi Bubble
George Washington's World: Catherine Empress of the Russians pg 104-107, Voltaire and His Pen pg 108-110, To the South Seas With Captain Cook pg 115-118, Lavoisier and Oxygen pg 118, The Steam Engine pg 119-121
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 7 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 11. The Wonders of Design: pg 102-103
         The woodpecker pg 103-104
         The amazing penguin pg 104-105
         The temperature bird pg 105-106
         The first zipper pg 106
Physics Lab in the Home: Radiation, pg. 39; Convection, pg. 42
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 7 Glaucus and Scylla
Kidnapped ch 11, 12
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 8

Week 21
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 48. How a Terrible Disaster Befell the British Army
George Washington's World: His Majesty George III pg 122-129, Frederick the Miser and Louis the Waster pg 130-132, Marie Antoinette pg 133-135, Lafayette pg 136-139, Enter Napoleon Buonaparte pg 139
Trial and Triumph ch 33. John Wesley The World His Parish (1703-1791)
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 7 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 11. The Wonders of Design: Directional signals? pg 106-107
         The first sonar? pg 107
         The first kite? pg 107-108
         An unusual cooling system pg 108-109
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 12, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 8 Pygmalion
Kidnapped ch 13, 14
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 9

Week 22
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 49. The End of French Rule in America
George Washington's World: Italy the Land of Beauty pg 140-142, A King and a Painter of Spain pg 143, The Corsairs of Algiers pg 144, The Turkish Empire pg 145-147, Poland pg 147-148
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 8 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 12. More Wonders of Design: pg 110-111
         More examples of design pg 111
         A termite's home is its castle pg 111-113
         Life inside the castle pg 113
Physics Lab in the Home: Drying Clothes, pg. 45; The Clothes Dryer, pg. 47
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 8 Dryope
Kidnapped ch 15, 16
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 10

Week 23
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 50. The Rebellion of Pontiac
George Washington's World: The Empress and the Sultan pg 149-150, Home To China pg 150, Japan and the Passing World pg 151-153, Alexander Hamilton pg 154-156, John Paul Jones pg 156-158
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 8 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 12. More Wonders of Design: Dancers with wings pg 113-114
         On the march pg 114-115
         Will insects take over the world? pg 115-116
         13. When It Takes Two: pg 117-118
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 13, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 8 Venus and Adonis
Kidnapped ch 17, 18
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 11

Week 24
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 51. The Boston Tea-Party
George Washington's World: Olaudah Equiano pg 158-160, Spain's New Colony pg 161-165, Over The Mountain With Boone pg 165-167, Rebellion in Massachusetts pg 168-172, The First Congress pg 173-175
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 8 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 13. When It Takes Two: Mutualism in the oceans pg 118-119
         Insects and plants pg 119
         Insects and orchids pg 120-121
         More mimics pg 121-122
         Wonders everywhere pg 122-123
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Age of Fable ch 8 Apollo and Hyacinthus
Kidnapped ch 19, 20
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 12

Optional Exam Week

Week 25
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 52. Paul Revere's Ride - The Unsheathing of the Sword (this time period is covered in Story of Mankind by Van Loon ch 50-52 Mercantile System, American Revolution, French Revolution, and A Child's History of the World ch 75-76 (71-72 in 1st ed) American Revolution, French Revolution)
George Washington's World: The Battle of Bunker Hill pg 176-177, John Adams Selects a Commander pg 178-180, Declaration of Independence pg 185-189, Echoes in Europe pg 190-192, Benjamin Franklin in France pg 192-194
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 9 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 14. The Family Tree? pg 126-127
         Piltdown man pg 127-128
         What's new? pg 129
Physics Lab in the Home: Why Do We Need Refrigerators?, pg. 49; The Cooling Cycle, pg. 51
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 14, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 9 Ceyx and Halcyone spend 2 weeks as needed
Incredible Journey: ch. 1
Kidnapped ch 21, 22
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 13

Week 26
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 53. The First Thrust - The Battle Or Bunker Hill
George Washington's World: Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI pg 195-197, Lafayette Sails for America pg 198-200, The Old Fox Retreats pg 201-204, Misadventures of 1777 pg 205-209, To Carry the News pg 209-210
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 9 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 14. The Family Tree? Why so many mistakes? pg 130-131
         Where did humans really come from? pg 131-133
         Either, or pg 133
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 15, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 9 Ceyx and Halcyone spend 2 weeks as needed
Incredible Journey: ch. 2
Kidnapped ch 23, 24
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 14

Week 27
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 54. The War in Canada
George Washington's World: Valley Forge pg 211-214, The French Alliance pg 215-217, George Rogers Clark pg 218-220, A Hero in Two Worlds pg 221-222, The Bon Homme Richard pg 223-224
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 9 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 15. Amazing and Wonderful: pg 134
         Life in this world pg 134
         You and your body pg 134
         Inside your body pg 134-135
         The world's best pump pg 135
Physics Lab in the Home: How Does a Refrigerator Keep Things Cold?, pg. 53; Can a Refrigerator Cool a House?, pg. 54
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 10 Vertumnus and Pomona
Incredible Journey: ch. 3
Kidnapped ch 25, 26
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 15

Week 28
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 55. The Birth of a Great Nation
George Washington's World: Spain Beseiges Gibraltar pg 225, Holland Defends her Trade pg 226-227, Napoleon Buonaparte pg 227, Benedict Arnold Traitor pg 228-231, Cornwallis Surrenders pg 231-233
Trial and Triumph ch 34. John Newton Slave Trader Saved by Grace (1725-1807)
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 10 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 15. Amazing and Wonderful: The oxygen exchange pg 135-138
         Rushing rivers within pg 138-139
         How many cells in your body? pg 139-140
         Eyes to see pg 140
         Ever new pg 140-141
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 16, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 11 Cupid and Psyche spend 2 weeks as needed
Incredible Journey: ch. 4
Kidnapped ch 27, 28
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 16

Week 29
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 56. The Darkest Hour - Trenton And Princeton
George Washington's World: Washington Refuses Absolute Power pg 234-235, Money pg 236-238, The Peace Treaty pg 239-241, Empires Old and New pg 241-244, Stars and Stripes in China pg 244
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 10 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 16. In God's Image: pg 142-143
         How does the brain work? pg 143
         Your nervous system pg 143-144
         Grey matter? pg 144-145
Physics Lab in the Home: More About Refrigerators, pg. 55; Opening the Refrigerator Door, p. 56
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 11 Cupid and Psyche spend 2 weeks as needed
Incredible Journey: ch. 5
Kidnapped ch 29, 30
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 17

Week 30
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 57. Burgoyne's Campaign - Bennington And Oriskany
George Washington's World: Back to His Good Land pg 249-253, Lonely Thomas Jefferson pg 253-255, Aviation is Born pg 256-258, The Marriage of Figaro pg 259-260, Three Americans Meet in France pg 261-263
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 10 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 16. In God's Image: The true you pg 145-147
         What evolutionists can never explain pg 147
         God's gift? pg 147-148
         You, for always pg 148-149
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 17, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 12 Cadmus
Incredible Journey: ch. 6
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving spend 2 weeks as needed
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 18

Week 31
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 58. Burgoyne's Campaign - Bemis Heights And Saratoga
George Washington's World: Rousseau and Silver Sheep Shears pg 264-266, John Adams and George III pg 267-269, Hisses for Marie Antoinette pg 269-271, Old Frederick's Last Review pg 272-273, Catherine's Turkish Fairy Tale pg 273-276
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 11 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 17. A Sure Word: pg 152-153
         Knowing about God pg 153-154
         What's so special about the Bible? pg 154-155
         The Bible's historical accuracy pg 155-156
         Can we prove the Bible's origin? pg 156-159
Physics Lab in the Home: You Can't Refrigerate Everything, pg. 58; A Frosty Freezer, pg. 59
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 12 the Myrmidons
Incredible Journey: ch. 7
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving spend 2 weeks as needed
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 19

Week 32
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 59. Brandywine - Germantown - Valley Forge
George Washington's World: The Assembly of the Notables pg 277-278, The Not Yet United States pg 279-280, The Constitution pg 281-285, Mr. President pg 286-288, Victory for the Third Estate pg 293-295
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 11 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 18. How We Know We Can Trust: pg 160
         Prophecy about Jesus pg 160-163
         The evidence of miracles pg 163-164
         Were Jesus' miracles real? pg 164-166
         What did Jesus teach about beginnings? pg 166-167
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 18, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 13 Nisus and Scyll
Incredible Journey: ch. 8
Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 20

Week 33
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 60. War on the Sea
George Washington's World: To the Bastille pg 296-299, Off With the Baker to Paris pg 300-303, America and the Key to the Bastille pg 303-311, New Machines pg 312-313, Were All Men Created Equal pg 314-315
Trial and Triumph ch 35. David Brainerd Preacher to the North American Indians (1718-1747)
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 11 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 19. What the Bible Teaches About Creation: How many choices are there? pg 168-169
         What we learn about creation pg 169-171
         When did God create? pg 171
Physics Lab in the Home: Air Pressure, pg. 60; Vacuum Cleaners, pg. 65
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 13 Echo and Narcissus
Incredible Journey: ch. 9
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving spend 4 weeks as need
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 21

Week 34
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 61. The Battle of Monmouth - The Story of Captain Molly
George Washington's World: Beware the Tyrants pg 316-318, Liberty pg 319-321, A New Republic for Haiti pg 322-324, The United States Proclaimed Neutral pg 324-326, Doctor Jenner pg 327
Madam How and Lady Why: first third ch. 12 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 19. What the Bible Teaches About Creation: Did God create in consecutive pg 172-173
         The Genesis Flood pg 173-175
         What we can and cannot know pg 175-176
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 19, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 13 Clytie, Hero and Leander
Incredible Journey: ch. 10
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving spend 4 weeks as need
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 22

Week 35
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 62. The Story of a Great Crime
George Washington's World: Daughters of the New Republic pg 328, Noah Webster's Blue Backed Speller pg 329, The Reign of Terror pg 330-332, Catherine the Grandmother pg 333-334, Napoleon Buonaparte pg 335-336
Madam How and Lady Why: second third ch. 12 OR Explore His Creation
Couldn't Just Happen 20. Alive Now and Forevermore: pg 177-178
         What about you? pg 178
         What does lie in the future? pg 178-180
         Resurrection ahead pg 180-184
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 14 Minerva
Incredible Journey: ch. 11
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving spend 4 weeks as need
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 23

Week 36
The Bible
This Country of Ours ch 63. A Turning Point in the World's History
George Washington's World: To Italy pg 336-338, To Egypt pg 339-341, The Rosetta Stone pg 342, Qianlong's Reply to George III pg 343-344, Home to Mount Vernon pg 345-349
Madam How and Lady Why: last third ch. 12 OR Explore His Creation
Minn of the Mississippi, chapter 20, following Minn's trail on a map
Shakespeare: spread over the twelve week term as desired
Plutarch: spread this term's Life over the twelve week term as desired
Poetry: William Wordsworth
Age of Fable ch 14 Niobe
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving spend 4 weeks as need
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution ch 24

Optional Exam Week

Last update Mar. 16, 2007: It Couldn't Just Happen was divided to be spread a little more evenly among the 36 weeks, allowing 4 or 5 individual sections per week so that students might have the option to focus on one section in a day's reading. George Wahington's World was also slightly altered to provide five readings per week. (previous 36-week schedule that included Kon-Tiki is here.)