Ambleside Online Year 11

This is our Year 11 Australian/personalised adaption of Ambleside Online. We’ve just finished for the year and this is my final update…unless I’ve forgotten something.


*  **  * *** 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

*** The Disciple by John Stott


Family line of Herod the Great
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*  **  *** 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 – 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. 

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* World War I and World War II by Richard Maybury
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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. 
*  Stalin by Albert Marrin
** 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.
*** Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng 

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.



Australian Literature

* We of the Never-Never by Mrs Aeneas Gunn
** A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
*** Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington/Nugi Garimara
* Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton (see here for some details) – we used this instead of The Great Gatsby.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
** The Chosen by Chaim Potok
*** Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
Update: skipped Brideshead Revisited but included all the others on the AO list above.
Shakespeare –  * Much Ado About Nothing; ** The Tempest *** Macbeth
Short Stories, Essays & Current Affairs
I’ve been cherry-picking titles from the AO list.
Conversations – John Anderson (former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia) via Podcast or YouTube.
* Digging For Richard III, How Archaeology Found the King by Mike Pitts – a great book if you’ve read Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time.
**Come, Tell me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
* Endurance by Alfred Lansing
**  Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall – a combination of geography, history, current events and politics.
***  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.’
Natural History
*  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 Lesson by 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.
* Aristides
*** Coriolanus
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.

Free Reading

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

Summer of the Danes by Ellis Peters


Books by Jackie French:

The Girl From Snowy River


Pennies for Hitler

Tom Appleby, Convict Boy

9 thoughts on “Ambleside Online Year 11

  1. This is very interesting to me Carol, as I will be planning a year 11 for my son before too long. Thank you for sharing. Could you please elaborate on why you replaced Six Easy Pieces with Storm in a Teacup? Is the former book dry reading? It's funny that I read this because I literally ordered Six Easy Pieces about an hour before I read your post. In that respect, it's not too late to cancel it if there is a better option.


  2. Hi Laura Jeanne,I was going to continue with it as it's only scheduled a couple of pages at a time but there were times when my dd had trouble narrating it. I think her older brother would have been fine with it – he read Asimov's Understanding Physics but I haven't used that with her so it was more of an individualised decision. Her biology book is quite dense and I also wanted to lighten the science up a bit for her.I can't say if Storm in a Teacup is a better option but you could ask on the AO Forum to see if Six Easy Pieces works well for others??


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  5. Thank you for this. Some really useful ideas. I have “In the steps of the Master” which I inherited from my grandparents. I have never read it but sounds like it might be my reading over Christmas and a possible morning time read aloud with my teenagers.

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    • Hi Sarah, I’m reading Morton’s In the Steps of St Paul now and found a lovely copy of A Traveller in Rome. I gave my daughter a choice of these to read next year so it looks like it will be the one on Rome. She’ll be doing some Ancient History so that would fit in well.


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