This is our Year 11 Australian/personalised adaption of Ambleside Online. We’ve finished Term 1 and are a couple of weeks into Term 2 so I’ll update this post as we continue through the year.
* ** * *** In The Steps of the Master by H.V. Morton – Bible History & Geography
* Knowing God by J.I. Packer – continued from last year
** The Gospel by John Stott
Family line of Herod the Great
* ** *** A History of the Twentieth Century by Martin Gilbert
* A Short History of Australia by Ernest Scott (1953 Edition) We’ve used this in Year 9 up to the end of the first term of Year 11. We’re using some chapters from this one below for Term 2 and 3 this year:
** *** A Short History of Australia by Manning Clark – starting at Ch 9: Radicals and Nationalists – 1883 – 1901
* World War I and World War II by Richard Maybury
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain – this is scheduled in Term 1 but it’s been slow going so Miss 16 will be reading it this term as well.
* Stalin by Albert Marrin
** Hitler by Albert Marrin
Speeches That Shaped the Modern World by Alan J. Whiticker is our primary resource for Year 11 as well as some from the AO list that aren’t too focussed on the USA. This book includes a couple of speeches made by Australian Prime Ministers.
* We of the Never-Never by Mrs Aeneas Gunn
* Glimpses of the Moon
by Edith Wharton (see here
for some details) – we used this instead of The Great Gatsby.
I’ll be substituting another book in place of Brideshead Revisited but will include all the others.
Shakespeare – * Much Ado About Nothing; ** The Tempest *** Macbeth
Short Stories & Essays
I’ve been cherry-picking titles from the AO list.
* Digging For Richard III, How Archaeology Found the King by Mike Pitts – a great book to read after Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time.
* Endurance by Alfred Lansing
** *** Prisoners of Geography
by Tim Marshall – a combination of geography, history, current events and politics.
* ** *** Novare General Biology
by Heather Ayala and Katie Rogstad – this is a really in-depth biology book so we’re not rushing through it. Lab work is included.
* The Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif
* Six Easy Pieces by Feynman – Miss 16 read four out of the six chapters and then I changed to this book:
** Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski – only 13 pages in but so far my daughter likes its conversational style. Thanks to Joy H on the AO Forum for mentioning this book.
* All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
** ***The Lord God made Them All by James Herriot
** ***Vesper Flights
by Helen Macdonald: selected essays – Introduction; Field Guides; High Rise
Reading a section of Artists Their Lives & Their Work throughout the year each – two to three pages on a wide range of artists; well illustrated, short biographies.
For a more indepth look at Modern Art & Architecture we’re using sections from Janson’s Art for Young People.
Pastoral by Nevil Shute
The Far Country by Nevil Shute (set in Australia)
The Black Orchids by Rex Stout
The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout
Shane by Jack Schaefer
The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour
The Yellow Poppy by D.K. Broster
The Jacobite Trilogy by D. K. Broster
Son by Lois Lowry
Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Books by Jackie French:
The Girl From Snowy River
Pennies for Hitler
Tom Appleby, Convict Boy