Year 8 - Tentative
Fox's Book of Martyrs
* Introduction - Francis of Assisi
** Elizabeth of Hungary - Jonathon Edwards
*** George Whitefield - Richard Wurmbrand
* Chapters 1-8
** Chapters 9-15
*** Chapters 16-22
* ** ***Liturgical Year - Read daily entries to learn Church history.
** *** Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.
* The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
* ** *** RBC Ministries - Discovery Series
Streams of Civilization by Mary Stanton and Albert Hyma.
*Chapters 9-11. **Chapters 12-14. ***Chapters 15-17
History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill.
*Chapters 1-10. **Chapters 11-21. ***Chapters 22-32
* How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.
** *** A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwhich.
* Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People - Selections. Download a 12-week text file that includes selections from this work and Asser's Life of Alfred selections
** In Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty (Athough this is a work of fiction, it is a more accurate account of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in Scottish history than is available in many other similar books.)
** History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea by William Tyre - A first-hand account of the Crusades
*** A slightly abridged version of Martin Luther's defense before the Diet of Worms
*** Martin Luther's 95 Theses
*** Queen Elizabeth's speech to the Spanish Armada, July 29, 1588 (this is included in the text of Churchill's book)
*** John Donne's funeral address, from the full sermon titled Death's Duel
*The New Nation by Joy Hakim.
**A Liberty For All? by Joy Hakim.
***A War, Terrible War by Joy Hakim.
* The Life of King Alfred by Asser.
** Joan of Arc by Mark Twain.*** Thomas More. A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt OR William Roper's (Thomas More's son-in-law) biography.
*** Life of Sir Francis Bacon by William Rawley.
*** The Great Astronomers by R.S. Ball. Or here.
*** The Life of Dr. [John] Donne by Izaak Walton.
The Ultimate Atlas of the World by Philip Steele
* Europe Introduction - Canada and Greenland
** United States of America - Japan*** Southeast Asia - Antarctica
* The Federalist, Nos. 1 and 2 (1787)
* Washington's First Inaugural Address (1789)
** I, Pencil a short essay by Leonard Read.
** The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
** Fugitive Slave Act (1850)
*** Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (1861)
*** Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
*** Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1863)
*** Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865)
*** Essays by Jane Haldimand Marcet - Five entertaining illustrations of how legislated financial equality, wage fixing, supply and demand and welfare play out, using chapters titled A Fairy Tale, Patty's Marriage, The Treacherous Friend and The Wedding Gown.
Ourselves by Charlotte Mason.
* Pages 1-32
** Pages 33-80
*** Pages 81-210
* ** Utopia by Sir Thomas More, Term 1 and half of Term 2 (read for 20 weeks) also available by book/chapter
*** Francis Bacon essays: Of Truth, Of Revenge, Of Innovations, Of Friendship, Of Regiment of Health, Of Suspicion, Of Discourse, Of Riches, Of Youth and Age, Of Studies (paraphrase), Of Praise, Of Honor and reputation, Of Anger.
Choose the most important 2 or 3 stories of the week and re-write them in own words as a chronicle of the year, making the heading of each page something like "This Week in History, September 1st, 2003."
** Romeo and Juliet
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys. by H.E. Marshall
* The Once and Future King by T. H. White (Book One).
* Chapters 1-18 ** Chapters 19-36 *** Chapters 37-53
*** The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer or The Chaucer Story Book - prose retelling.
*** Everyman, a Morality Play (a slightly less archaic version is here).
*** Simonds American Literature
POETRY* Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
** Shakespeare's Sonnets, Especially: XVIII (18), XXIX (29), XXX (30), LIII (53), LIV (54), LVII (57), LXXIII (73), XCIV (94), CIV (104), CVI (106) CXVI (116), CXXIX (129). SparkNotes has info for some of the sonnets. Modern translations are available from No Fear Shakespeare.
*** John Donne.
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
* ** *** Intermediate Language Lessons
* ** *** Written narrations, 3 per week, varying among subjects. Include one written narration from a reading earlier in the week.
Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation.
* ** *** Second half of Saxon 8/7.
Modern Earth Science by Robert J. Sager
* Chapters 1-10 ** Chapters 11-20 *** Chapters 21-30
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock.
* ** *** How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler - Chapters 1-5.
DRAWING AND ART
* ** *** The Story of Painting by H. W. Janson - pages 22-82.
* Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) Italian Renaissance
** John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) American
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit and here
Lady Agnew of Lochnaw and here
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and here
Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife
*** Claude Monet (1840-1926) French Impressionist (and here and here)
The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil
Houses of Parliament series and here.
Woman with a Parasol: Madame Monet and Her Son, 1875, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (and here)
The Japanese Footbridge
Water Lilies series
Work on drawing skills. Illustrate a scene from reading of choice or sketch a still life once a week, more as desired.
* 2009-2010 TERM 1 (This term's artist is Raphael) Music: 20th Century British
Listening selections for this term:
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony 1 (A Sea Symphony)
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Edward Elgar - Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op 20
Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance (the first one is the famous Graduation March)
Edward Elgar - "Enigma" Variations
** 2009-2010 TERM 2 (This term's artist is John Singer-Sargent) Edvard Grieg (1890) & Jean Sibelius (nationalists)
Listening selections for this term:
Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite no 1 (Opus 46: 1. Morning Mood, 2. Aase's Death, 3. Anitra's Dance, 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King)
Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, opus 16
Grieg - Norwegian Dance no 2 (Opus 35 no. 2)
Sibelius - Finlandia, Op. 26 ("Finland," a symphonic poem)
Sibelius - Symphony 1 OR 2 (4 weeks)
*** 2009-2010 TERM 3 (This term's artist is Monet) Maurice Ravel (1915) (Impressionist)
Listening selections for this term:
Daphne et Chloe - selections
Mother Goose Suite
Pavane pour une infante dufunte
Piano Concerto in D for left hand
* ** *** Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music by Milton Cross.
* ** *** Tin Whistle Tutor Book
* ** *** Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day by Kristine Kershul.
* ** *** Latina Christiana I & CD by Cheryl Lowe.
Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley.
The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (its prequel is Sir Nigel).
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Hereward, the Last of the English by Charles Kingsley (or Hereward the Wake, originally published in Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales).
The Story of the Volsungs (Volsunga Saga), With Excerpts from the Poetic Edda, translated by William Morris or Eirikr Magnusson.
The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott or other of the Waverly novels appropriate for this year's study. (All the novels written by Sir Walter Scott are commonly referred to en masse as The Waverley Novels. While not a series, these books all share the common distinction of superbly written historical fiction -- in fact, it is said that Scott created this literary genre with these novels. Charlotte Mason read from the Bible and the Waverley novels daily through much of her lifetime; whenever she finished reading through all 27 volumes, she simply started over. We assume any of them would be good for free reading anytime, but have not yet read them all ourselves. You can read more here and here. Further links or information always welcome.)
Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington.
Alhambra by Washington Irving.
Feats on the Fiord by Harriet Martineau.
The Life and Death of Cormac the Skald anonymous Icelandic epic, also online here.
Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott (or other Scott novel).
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton.
I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni.
The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen or by chapter.
Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter.
The House of Arden by E. Nesbit.
Harding's Luck by E. Nesbit.
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore.