* 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 – Ch 9: Radicals and Nationalists – 1883 – 1901. Miss M didn’t like Clark’s writing and we only did one chapter in the end, partly due to time constraints as well.
* 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. Update: we got about half way through this and didn’t finish.
** Hitler by Albert Marrin; ** The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
*** Mao Tse Tung by Albert Marrin
Albert Marrin is an author we’ve all enjoyed and have used many of his books over the years. I was thinking of assigning his book on Vietnam as well but it is quite intense & goes into the torture methods used by the Viet Cong.
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.
*** The Power of Geography – a sequel to the book above. Both books are very engaging & my daughter gives them a ringing endorsement.
* ** ***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.
Update: we completed 9 out of 12 chapters of this book so it will be carried into Year 12. We’ll be covering Human Organ Systems and Ecology & adding in other books to extend these subjects.
* 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.
*** Molecules by Theodore Gray – excellent book & a follow on from ‘The Elements.’ This books explores ‘the vast array of materials molecules can create,’ – soaps and solvents, oils, rocks and ores, fibres, drugs, sweeteners, asbestos and more. Very interesting and suited to anyone curious about the ‘architecture of everything.’
* All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
** ***The Lord God made Them All by James Herriot
I’ve been reading Herriot’s memoirs aloud for years now and we just love them.
** ***Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald: selected essays – Introduction; Field Guides; High Rise, Hares, Lost but Catching Up, Swan Upping, Vesper Flights, In Spight of Prisons, Sunbirds & Cashmere Spheres, The Observatory.
Economics in One Lessonby Henry Hazlitt – I was surprised that my daughter enjoyed this book for the most part although she did think he repeated himself quite a bit, more so towards the end.
Reading a section of Artists Their Lives & Their Work throughout the year; two to three pages on each artist a wide range represented; well illustrated, short biographies.
For a more indepth look at Modern Art & Architecture we’re using sections from Janson’s Art for Young People.
Cello and musicianship lessons continue. The plan was to do AMUS exams this year but that all went up in smoke with Covid restrictions so I’m not sure that will go ahead.
Art – drawing and painting have been going at a great rate. With all the usual commitments put on hold there has been a lot more time to spend on these. She has had some commissions this year which included painting the wreaths for the latest issue (The Way of the Will) of Commonplace Quarterly magazine. If you’re interested in seeing her work this is her Instagram account.
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 Helen MacInnes: Double Image, Pray for a Brave Heart
Trial by Terror by Paul Gallico – Communist Hungary