History studied in Year 10: 1815 - 1901/02
Term 1: 1815-1860, Term 2: 1816-1865 America, Term 3: 1865-1902
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:
BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
Suggested Devotional Reading
Various speeches and Documents
Try to use books that were not included from Year 10 in addition to the Year 10 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. (Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.) For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text.
Librivox free audio is done by volunteers, and some are better than others. Forgotten Classics has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. Be aware that apps, including Librivox, that have clickable ads can open a browser and allow children unfiltered access to the internet, even when browsers have been disabled by the parent. There are options: either download mp3 files from Librivox and listen without the app, or only install the app on a parent-controlled device. Librivox has a pay option to turn off ads. (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:
6. 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 ($). (Back)
7. History: There's a new American history book published in 2019 called Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story by Wilfred M. McClay. ($ K) The Advisory has not read this book and therefore can't make any recommendations about whether it would be useful as an AO history text. However, if you wish to give it a try, there's a schedule that fits it into Years 8-11 here. (Back)
8. The Catholic Emancipation Act: This link takes you to a single page article which is a helpful introduction to the topic. The author quotes from articles of the period and contemporary politicians pro and con. It's illustrated with images of political cartoons of the time. Read the article, and then click through to read the actual act (Back)
10. Irish Views of the Famine: select some readings from this list of diaries and Irish newspaper accounts of the Irish Potato Famine. (Back)
12. Parliamentary testimony from Accounts of English Mill workers: It could be interesting to read this together- one person reading the questions, the other reading the answers, as much in character as possible. Elizabeth Gaskell's book North and South deals with conditions of mill workers. ($) K The BBC also did an excellent job rendering the book into film. ($) (Back)
14. Causes for Secession: We could only find official State documents stating reasons for secession for Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas. (Back)
16. Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction, 1866, clearly illustrates the bitterness and resentment toward the south. (Back)
18. The Berlin Conference of 1885: (15 November 1884 - 26 February 1885; begin at the heading 'Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 to Divide Africa' that starts with "In 1884 at the request of Portugal, German Chancellor Otto von Bismark called together the major western powers of the world to negotiate questions" and read only until you come to the start of Report of the British Consul, Roger Casement. (Back)
20. British Missionary Letters urging annexation of South Sea Islands: Quite a shock to modern sensibilities. (Back)
22. Open letter to the Belgian King Leopold II from an American visitor to the Congo, which seems to be pertinent (very interesting, too). (Back)
24. Geography. Geosafari (available now on CD-rom) would be sufficient. ($ purchase basic geography card set) SeterraOnline offers Free Map Quiz Games. If you have an iPad or iPhone, TapQuiz is a free map quiz app. (Back)
26. Maps: Many countries have a tourism department, and writing to their embassies for free brochures, maps, and other travel information might be an inexpensive way to supplement geography studies. Also, see our notes about The World and I under current events. This is a rich resource for this purpose also. (Back)
32. Ourselves: approximately 22 pages per term. This book will continue through all the remaining years of AO/HEO curriculum. This is the 4th volume of Mason's 6 Volume Series. This year: pages 1-67 of Book 2.
Also available in a modern English paraphrase that can be read online or purchased. (K) The paraphrase of Book 2, Self-Direction, the second half of Volume 4, can be purchased as a separate paperback book.
Term 1: Book 2 pg 1-21
Term 2: Book 2 pg 21-48
Term 3: Book 2 pg 49-67 (Back)
36. 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)
38. Invitation to the Classics: pages 203 to 306 this year, or about 25 chapters, beginning with Jane Austen, and ending just before James Joyce; the chapters are short.
Alternately, you could continue (or supplement with) History of English Literature for Boys and Girls, by H.E. Marshall β Δ (K) Chapters 74-85 (Wordsworth to Tennyson.) purchase from Kelly Kenar, who typed this text for AO.) Table of Contents arranged by Year and Term for both books are available: History of English Literature; Invitation to the Classics. (Back)
39. Moby Dick: If you need to cut back further, Moby Dick could be done as a free read using an audio book. (Back)
40. Les Miserables cannot be missed. Wikipedia says this book "is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. . . Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of France, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love." However, it is long. We suggest that your student enjoy the book as free reading, perhaps via an audiobook. A suggested pace is included in the 36-week schedule; if you follow the schedule, three of the five volumes will be completed over the school year, and the remaining two can be done over the summer between Year 10 and Year 11. A two-hour movie cannot begin to explore the depths of this epic story. (Back)
42. Shakespeare: Leithart's book Brightest Heaven of Invention ($) is a Christian study guide for 6 Shakespeare plays: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing. (If you need to cut back, do one or two plays this year.) (Back)
44. Great Astronomers: optional this year. Chapters are included in the weekly schedule as a help to scheduling them where they belong chronologically. (Back)
46. 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)
Last update June 19, 2017
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