This is a term of work for Benj with an outline of his weekly schedule. He’s 15 years old and will be starting Ambleside Online Year 11
at the beginning of next year by which time he’ll have turned 16. This term has a selection of some books from AO Years 9 & 10
plus others I’ve added, and covers the time period around the 1700’s to 1800’s.
The Age of Revolution – Volume III
The Great Democracies – Volume IV by Winston S. Churchill
2 chapters per week with the aim of finishing both books by the end of the year. Benj said that he’d like to finish these books as he enjoys Churchill’s writing. Reading lots of historical fiction by authors such as G.A. Henty when they were younger has made it much easier for my children to ease into Churchill’s A History of the English-Speaking Peoples later on.
Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars
by Albert Marrin – A chapter per week.
(William Dampier 1652-1715) This book was started in the third term of Year 8 and will continue until the end of the year. About 8 to 10 pages per week.
The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Shakespeare – Hamlet. We listen to an Arkangel audio and follow along with the text once a week.
by Isaac Asimov
There are three volumes in this book. Benj has finished Volume 1, Motion Sound & Heat and should be finished Volume 2, Light, Magnetism & Electricity by the end of this year. He does about a chapter a week, depending on their length. He really enjoys this book, probably because Maths is one of his favourite subjects.
Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif
Benj has finished the first three chapters. Some of the chapters are quite long and I don’t want him to rush through the book in order to squeeze in the six chapters scheduled in Year 10 so he just reads a section each per week.
Mr Tomkins Inside Himself: Adventures in the New Biology
by George Gamow & Martynas Ycas
A chapter per week.
I’d been looking for a book on Biology that I thought would interest Benj (Biology not being a subject he’s all that interested in) and saw that Nebby
had mentioned this book. Gamow
is probably more widely known for his books on physics but he has an ability to present complex scientific subjects within an understandable and engaging narrative.
Mr. Tompkins is an ordinary middle-aged man who works in a bank but whose lively interest in science apparently occupies all his spare time, waking and dreaming…his dreams somehow fit the facts he has read about in books and magazines on popular science, thus helping him to grasp the difficult concepts through his own experiences.
I’ve been skim reading it ahead of Benj and have found it quite interesting. Benj said Mr. Tompkin’s adventures reminded him a little of The Magic School Bus books he loved when he was little. There is some evolutionary content, notably in Chapter 6, where Mr. Tompkins meets Charles Darwin.
Update: I’ve posted some resources such as videos & articles that we used with this book here.
Timeline/Book of Centuries
Plutarch’s Lives – Themistocles. I read this to Benj & Moozle weekly using Anne White’s study guide.
by Barry Chant
Unfortunately, the corny cover doesn’t do this book justice. It was published in 1977 but deals with issues that are still relevant today in a realistic and biblical manner. I’ve seen various books of more recent publication that address the same issues but I’ve been uncomfortable with their treatment of the subject. We’ve heard the author speak at different times and our teenage boys were part of a question and answer forum he addressed and they were impressed with his ability to communicate truth in a winsome manner on a range of hot topics.
How to Read a Book by Adler & Van Doren – reading this aloud & discussing
Ourselves by Charlotte Mason
A Fortunate Life by Albert Facey – I’ve been reading this aloud for a couple of months
Grammar & Composition
Continuing with Jensen’s Format Writing
Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 10
Oral & written narrations
Saxon Advanced Maths with Art Reeds DVDs. Benj started this in August and it will probably take him through to the end of next year.
Other books from the time period being covered that I’ve assigned to be read freely:
The Hornblower books by C.S. Forester – he’s already read a number of these already.
Robbery Under Arms
by Rolfe Boldrewood