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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 0 comments

Rhetoric: Liberal Arts, Year 3

Early Modern, Year 3

History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
Scientific Revolution Deism, Clockwork Universe, Pascal Clockwork Universe
Exploration, Colonization Ethics of Slavery, Culture Spreading Mercantilism Cervantes, Shakespeare, Milton
Absolutism Descartes Forms of Monarchy, Dictatorships, government, Divine Right Moliere, Swift Baroque
Enlightenment Rousseau, Hume, Naturalism, Voltaire, Kant Democracy, Classical Liberalism, Locke, Hobbes, Adam Smith Classical Music, Art
Seven Year’s War, American & French Revolutions Thomas Paine Founding Fathers, American Government, Articles, Constitution
War of 1812, Napoleon
Victorian Era, Imperialism Hinduism, Mill’s Utilitarianism De Toqueville Austen, Brontes, Wordsworth, Coleridge Victorian Society, Fashion

What to Read

History

  • Volume 3 of Susan Wise Bauer's History of the World (not yet released)

Philosophy/Religion

  • Read chapters on Deism and Naturalism in The Universe Next Door
  • Meditations, by Descartes
  • "The Social Contract," by Rousseau
  • "Critique of Pure Reason," by Kant
  • "The Rights of Man," by Thomas Paine
  • Read chapter on Eastern Pantheistic Monism (Hinduism) in The Universe Next Door

Political/Economic Theory

  • Do a study of Mercantilism
  • Do a study of the Divine Right of kings, Absolutism, forms of monarchy, etc.
  • Do a study of democracy vs. republican government
  • "On the True End of Civil Government," by John Locke
  • Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin
  • Founding Documents: Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, Constitution, etc.

Literature

  • Read several Shakespeare plays
  • Paradise Lost, by John Milton
  • Tartuffe, by Moliere
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  • Pride and Prejudice or Emma by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Aesthetics/Music

  • Do a study of Baroque art and music
  • Do a study of classical music
  • Do a study of Victorian society, values, and style
This totals eleven major books plus American founding documents, Shakespeare plays, and of course, the spine text.
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Rhetoric: Liberal Arts, Year 2

Middle Ages, Year 2
History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
Barbarian Europe Beowulf, St. Augustine Barbarian Art
High Middle Ages Thomas Aquinas, Augustine Feudalism Song of Roland, Dante, Chaucer Medieval Art, Medieval Music
Renaissance Machievelli Renaissance Art, Classicism, Realism, Music
Reformation Free Will vs. Calvinism Christendom Illuminated Scripts, Hymns

What to Read

History

  • History of the Medieval World, by Susan Wise Bauer

Philosophy/Religion

  • The City of God, by St. Augustine
  • Portions of Summa Theologica, by Thomas Aquinas
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin

Political/Economic Theory

  • The Prince, by Machiavelli
  • Do a short study of feudalism
  • Do a short study of Christendom

Literature

  • Beowulf
  • Song of Roland
  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante
  • Portions of The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

Aesthetics/Music

  • Study barbarian art
  • Study Medieval art and music
  • Do a major study of Renaissance art
This totals eight major books (some of them excerpts, and some of them fairly short), plus your spine text.  
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Rhetoric: Liberal Arts, Year 1

Ancient Times, Year 1
History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
Ancient Sumer, Biblical History Creation, Evolution Theories, implications of on Worldview Hammurabi’s Law Code, Written Law Epic of Gilgamesh Sumerian Art
Ancient Egypt, Biblical History Jewish history, implications on Modern period Egyptian Myths Egyptian Art
Ancient Greece Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurianism Plato, Aristotle The Iliad, The Odyssey Hellenism
Rome Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism Roman Empire, politics, Cicero The Aeneid, Plutarch Roman Art

What to Read

History

  • History of the Ancient World, by Susan Wise Bauer

Philosophy/Religion

  • The Bible
  • Darwin's Black Box, by Michael J. Behe
  • Nichomachean Ethics, by Aristotle
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  • Do a short study on Socrates

Political/Economic Theory

  • Hammurabi's Law Code
  • Do a short study on Theocracy
  • The Republic, by Plato
  • Plutarch's Lives

Literature

  • Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Illiad and The Odyssey, by Homer
  • The Aeneid, by Vergil

Aesthetics/Music

  • Do short studies on Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art
This totals nine major books, plus your spine text and the Bible.
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Rhetoric: Liberal Arts Integration

Use this table to get a general idea of how philosophical, religious, and political ideas line up with historical periods, art, and literature.

Ancient Times, Year 1

History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
Ancient Sumer, Biblical History Creation, Evolution Theories, implications of on Worldview Hammurabi’s Law Code, Written Law Epic of Gilgamesh Sumerian Art
Ancient Egypt, Biblical History Jewish history, implications on Modern period Egyptian Myths Egyptian Art
Ancient Greece Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurianism Plato, Aristotle The Iliad, The Odyssey Hellenism
Rome Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism Roman Empire, politics, Cicero The Aeneid, Plutarch Roman Art

Middle Ages, Year 2

History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
Barbarian Europe Beowulf, St. Augustine Barbarian Art
High Middle Ages Thomas Aquinas, Augustine Feudalism Song of Roland, Dante, Chaucer Medieval Art, Medieval Music
Renaissance Machievelli Renaissance Art, Classicism, Realism, Music
Reformation Free Will vs. Calvinism Christendom Illuminated Scripts, Hymns

Early Modern, Year 3

History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
Scientific Revolution Deism, Clockwork Universe, Pascal Thomas More Clockwork Universe
Exploration, Colonization Ethics of Slavery, Culture Spreading Mercantilism Cervantes, Shakespeare, Milton
Absolutism Descartes Forms of Monarchy, Dictatorships, government, Divine Right Moliere, Swift Baroque
Enlightenment Rousseau, Hume, Naturalism, Voltaire, Kant Democracy, Classical Liberalism, Locke, Hobbes, Adam Smith Classical Music, Art
Seven Year’s War, American & French Revolutions Thomas Paine Founding Fathers, American Government, Articles, Constitution
War of 1812, Napoleon
Victorian Era, Imperialism Hinduism, Mill’s Utilitarianism De Toqueville Austen, Brontes, Wordsworth, Coleridge Victorian Society, Fashion

Modern, Year 4

History Philosophy/Religion Political/Ec Theory Literature Aesthetics/Music
First Industrial Revolution Marxism, Hegel Role of Government in Society, Ethics, Capitalism Dickens, Elliot, Melville Romanticism
Civil War Twain, Hawthorne
Opening Asia, Imperialism, Scramble for Africa Asian Philosophy, Worldview, Religion, Confucius Dostoevsky, Tolstoy Asian Art and Music
Second Industrial Revolution Nihilism, Nietzsche Consumerism, Veblen’s Conspicuous Consumption
World War I Freudianism, Psychology European Great Powers, Alliance System, Isolationism Kafka Avant Garde, Radio
Russian Revolution Leninism Communism Communist Art
Great Depression New Deal, Welfare State Steinbeck, Great Gatsby Big Band, Swing
World War II Fascism Hollywood, Censorship, Fascist Art
Korea, Cold War Dewey, Sarte’s Existentialism Civil Rights, Nuclear Bombs To Kill a Mockingbird, C.S. Lewis Television
Vietnam War Postmodernism The New Left, Reagan, Decline of Communism Hippie Culture
Gulf Wars New Age, Multiculturalism, Reconstructionism Interventionism, Terrorism, Globalism
Monday, February 27, 2012 0 comments

Living History Books (Lists and Places to Find Them)

See my work-in-progress list here.

Great Series

  • Landmark Books. Landmark books are excellent living history books! Most of them were published in the 50s and 60s and are now out of print. However, they have such an exciting style and they are available for so many topics that it is worth checking your library for them or building your own out-of-print library of them! There are almost 200 titles written by wonderful authors.
  • Signature Biographies.
  • Childhood of Famous Americans. These are good for young readers, but please realize that they focus only on the childhoods of these figures and not on the main events that they were known for.

Homeschool Databases

E-Books

  • Project Gutenberg. Endless source of FREE public domain works. (This means they have outlived their copyrights.)
  • Heritage Online Library. Most of these books were published before the 1920s. Heritage History has made them available as e-books for homeschoolers. They also have their books organized into a curriculum, but I think they would be more useful as occasional resources.

Booksellers

  • Veritas Press.
  • Sonlight. Sonlight is a boxed curriculum of living books. I recommend browsing the site to see their recommendations and locating the books at your local library.
  • Greenleaf PressBookseller specializing in living history books for homeschoolers.

Libraries

  • Your local library. In the Dewey Decimal system, you'll be looking for the 900s (History & Geography) section in the children's and young adults' areas. Don't forget to look in the biographies section, too!
  • WorldCat. Use this to look up books all around your state or even the world and have them sent to you via interlibrary loans.

Booklists in Print Form

Booklists Online

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Grammar: History Scope & Sequence

(NO CYCLE) BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOKS
It is difficult to arrange Beautiful Feet Books into a sequence. Based on the recommended grade ranges, this four-year set seems to make sense for the grammar stage. BFB's early offerings are rather miscellaneous. I would recommend using BFB for later grades. BFB is set up so that younger students focus on early American history, a relatively Christian and not disturbing period of history. Only in high school do students tackle events such as WWII, the Holocaust, and Communism.
1-BFB Teaching Character
2Early AmericanBFB Early American History Primary
3-BFB Geography through Literature, History of Science
4AmericanBFB The Western Expansion, History of Classical Music

(NO CYCLE) SONLIGHT
Sonlight history is set up largely into a rotation of two years of American History and then two years of World History and back again, with the exception of a year spent on the Eastern Hemisphere. High school students study history somewhat topically, covering subjects such American History in Depth, History of God's Kingdom, 20th Century World History, and Civics/American Government.
1-Sonlight Intro to the World: Cultures
2Ancient-ReformationSonlight Intro to World History I
3Reformation-PresentSonlight Intro to World History II
4America to 1850Sonlight Intro to American History I

(4 x 3 CYCLE) BIBLIOPLAN HISTORY
BiblioPlan History is set up on a four year cycle which repeats for each stage of the trivium. It is intended to be used once in each stage. Each time it is used, students will study more difficult books and do more challenging assignments. You can use this with multiple-aged children.
1AncientBiblioPlan Ancient History
2MedievalBiblioPlan Medieval, Renaissance & Reformation
3Early ModernBiblioPlan America and the World: 1600-1850
4ModernBiblioPlan America and the World: 1850-2000

(4 x 3 CYCLE) MYSTERY OF HISTORY
Mystery of History is designed to rotate every four years. Each time you go through it, you do a different level of activities. This can be done with multiple-aged students at the same time. It is likely that you will want to choose something else for high school, especially if you have already been through Mystery of History twice. The MOH website suggests that it works best in the 4-8 grades.

1AncientMOH Volume I: Creation to the Resurrection
2MedievalMOH Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
3Early ModernMOH Volume III: Renaissance, Reformation, and the Growth of Nations
4ModernMOH Volume IV: Revolutions and Rising Nations

(4 x 3 CYCLE) STORY OF THE WORLD
The Story of the World books are excellent spine books for grammar-stage history. I cannot recommend them enough! Read them aloud to your children! They can be used along with living books. The early grades of BiblioPlan actually use SOTW as a spine text.
1AncientVolume I: Ancient Times
2MedievalVolume II: The Middle Ages
3Early ModernVolume III: Early Modern Times
4ModernVolume IV: The Modern Age

(4 x 3 CYCLE) TAPESTRY OF GRACE
Tapestry of Grace is designed to be used three times, on a four year cycle. The cycle can be started at any time and all students can study the same period together, with different activities and readings for grades K-3, 4-6, 6-9, and 10-12.
1AncientTOG Year I: The History of Redemption
2MedievalTOG Year II: Between Ancient & Modern
3Early ModernTOG Year III: The Nineteenth Century
4ModernTOG Year IV: The Twentieth Century

(2 + 4 + 6 CYCLE) BFB / SOTW OR BIBLIOPLAN (to lead up to Omnibus)
If you would like to do the Omnibus history, literature, and Bible curriculum, you will need to start in the seventh grade. I suggest leading up to it with American history in grades 1-2 and a four year sequence of BiblioPlan or SOTW in grades 3-6.
1AmericanBFB Early American History Primary
2AmericanBFB Early American History Primary
3AncientBiblioPlan or Story of the World
4MedievalBiblioPlan or Story of the World

(5 YEAR SEQUENCE) VERITAS PRESS
Veritas Press has homeschool history curriculum packages of living books. The sequence starts in second grade and covers the five years from 2-6 grades. This could be followed up with Omnibus.
1--
2AncientVP Old Testament & Egypt
3Greece, RomeVP New Testament, Greece & Rome
4Middle AgesMiddle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation 

(6 x 2 CYCLE) 6 YEAR STORY OF THE WORLD
If you are the type who loves to really dwell on certain periods and do tons of living books, or if do not have much time to devote to the study of history, I suggest you stretch out the Story of the World through grades 1-6 and The History of the World through grades 7-12.
1AncientVolume IView
2MedievalStart Volume IIView
3Medieval / Early ModernVolume II & IIIView
4Early ModernFinish Volume IIIView

(4 + 8 CYCLE) TRUTH QUEST HISTORY
TruthQuest history spends grades 1-4 on American history and then stretches world history out for eight years (5-12). This may be the ultimate sequence for someone who loves spending lots of time on living books. TruthQuest mainly consists of a list of living books, which you can cover at any pace.
1Exploration to 1800TruthQuest American History for Young Students I
21800-1865TruthQuest American History for Young Students II
31865-2000TruthQuest American History for Young Students III
4--
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Logic: History Scope & Sequence

(NO CYCLE) BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOKS
It is difficult to arrange Beautiful Feet Books into a sequence. Based on the recommended grade ranges, this four-year set seems to make sense for the logic stage. BFB is set up so that younger students focus on early American history, a relatively Christian and not disturbing period of history. Only in high school do students tackle events such as WWII, the Holocaust, and Communism.
5AmericanBFB Early American History Intermediate
6AncientBFB Ancient History Junior High
7MedievalBFB Medieval History Junior High
8American/WorldBFB Early American and World History

(NO CYCLE) SONLIGHT
Sonlight history is set up largely into a rotation of two years of American History and then two years of World History and back again, with the exception of a year spent on the Eastern Hemisphere. High school students study history somewhat topically, covering subjects such American History in Depth, History of God's Kingdom, 20th Century World History, and Civics/American Government.
5America since 1850Sonlight Intro to American History II
6EasternSonlight Eastern Hemisphere
7Ancient-ReformationSonlight World History I
8Reformation-PresentSonlight World History II

(4 x 3 CYCLE) BIBLIOPLAN HISTORY
BiblioPlan History is set up on a four year cycle which repeats for each stage of the trivium. It is intended to be used once in each stage. Each time it is used, students will study more difficult books and do more challenging assignments. You can use this with multiple-aged children.
5AncientBiblioPlan Ancient History
6MedievalBiblioPlan Medieval, Renaissance & Reformation
7Early ModernBiblioPlan America and the World: 1600-1850
8ModernBiblioPlan America and the World: 1850-2000

(4 x 3 CYCLE) MYSTERY OF HISTORY
Mystery of History is designed to rotate every four years. Each time you go through it, you do a different level of activities. This can be done with multiple-aged students at the same time. It is likely that you will want to choose something else for high school, especially if you have already been through Mystery of History twice. The MOH website suggests that it works best in the 4-8 grades.
5AncientMOH Volume I: Creation to the Resurrection
6MedievalMOH Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
7Early ModernMOH Volume III: Renaissance, Reformation, and the Growth of Nations
8ModernMOH Volume IV: Revolutions and Rising Nations

(4 x 3 CYCLE) GENEVIEVE FOSTER / A HISTORY OF US
This is my suggestion for use in between Story of the World (SOTW) and the History of the World series. I highly recommend the Genevieve Foster books. They serve as fairly good "spine" books. A History of US is a great series by Joy Hakim. It is one of the few textbooks I can recommend that are not extremely dull and poorly done. You will find you do not have much time to add living books to your History of US studies.
5AncientAugustus Caesar's World + Other Living Books
6MedievalThe World of Columbus and Sons + Other Living Books
7Early ModernThe World of Captain John Smith, George Washington's World, A History of US
8ModernAbraham Lincoln's World, A History of US

(4 x 3 CYCLE) TAPESTRY OF GRACE
Tapestry of Grace is designed to be used three times, on a four year cycle. The cycle can be started at any time and all students can study the same period together, with different activities and readings for grades K-3, 4-6, 6-9, and 10-12.
5AncientTOG Year I: The History of Redemption
6MedievalTOG Year II: Between Ancient & Modern
7Early ModernTOG Year III: The Nineteenth Century
8ModernTOG Year IV: The Twentieth Century

(2 + 4 + 6 CYCLE) SOTW OR BIBLIOPLAN / OMNIBUS
If you would like to do the Omnibus history, literature, and Bible curriculum, you will need to start in the seventh grade. I suggest leading up to it with American history in grades 1-2 and a four year sequence of BiblioPlan or SOTW in grades 3-6.
5Early ModernBiblioPlan or Story of the World
6ModernBiblioPlan or Story of the World
7Ancient-Fall of RomeOmnibus I
8Early Church-ReformationOmnibus II

(5 + 6 CYCLE) VERITAS PRESS / OMNIBUS
If you would like to do the Omnibus history, literature, and Bible curriculum, you will need to start in the seventh grade. Veritas Press has a great set of homeschool history kits for 2-6 grades to lead up to Omnibus.
5Early ModernVP Explorers to 1815
6ModernVP 1815 to Present
7Ancient-Fall of RomeOmnibus I
8Early Church-ReformationOmnibus II

(6 x 2 CYCLE) SOTW / HISTORY OF THE WORLD
If you are the type who loves to really dwell on certain periods and do tons of living books, or if do not have much time to devote to the study of history, I suggest you stretch out the Story of the World through grades 1-6 and The History of the World through grades 7-12.
5ModernStart Volume IVView
6ModernFinish Volume IVView
7Mesopotamian, Biblical, and Greek Civilizations.The History of the Ancient World + Living books.View
8Rome, Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages.The History of the Ancient World + Living books.View

(4 + 8 CYCLE) TRUTH QUEST HISTORY
TruthQuest history spends grades 1-4 on American history and then stretches world history out for eight years (5-12). This may be the ultimate sequence for someone who loves spending lots of time on living books. However, you must carefully consider whether your children are going to get bored on an entire year's worth of ancient Greece. Additionally, you will be unable to line up your study of great books with this sequence, as sixth grade is too early for Aristotle. However, TruthQuest can be be started at any time. It mainly consists of a list of living books, which you can cover at any pace.
5BeginningsTruthQuest Creation/Ancient History
6Ancient GreeceTruthQuest Ancient Greece
7Ancient RomeTruthQuest Ancient Rome
8Middle AgesTruthQuest Middle Ages (500-1400)
 
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