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High School Selections
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things
are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
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and topical essays.
Volume 6 booklists & links
Our Literature List
Some Favorites, sorted into suggested Courses
Composition/Creative Writing/Literary Analysis
This is a tool, rather than a course. Use the formats taught in this class
to produce the essays and reports in every other study. A few useful books
for stucture include:
Literature at this level is usually a deeper study of major areas, coordinated
The Loom of Language by Frederick Bodmer, Lancelot Hogben (Editor).
How to Read a Book, by Adler
The Elements of Style, by Strunk & White
These next books are a series written by highschool
students as a school newspaper, then collected by their teacher into books.
They have won all sorts of awards. They include a multitude of areas -
history, science, writing - though each tries to focus on one main theme.
Read them in any order you can.
Foxfire Book Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and
Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing,
Moon by Eliot Wigginton (Editor)
2 Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning and Weaving, Midwifing,
Burial Customs, Corn Shuckin'S, Wagon Making and More Affairs by Eliot
3 Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall
Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns, Ginseng, and Still More Affairs of Plain
Living by Eliot Wiggington (Editor)
4 Fiddle Making, Springouses, Horse Trading, Sassafras Tea, Berry Buckets,
Gardening, and Further Affairs of Plain Living by Eliot Wiggington (Editor)
5 Ironmaking, Blacksmithing, Flintlock Rifles, Bear Hunting, and Other
Affairs of Plain Living by Eliot Wigginton (Editor)
6 shoemaking, 100 toys and games, gourd banjos and song bows, wooden
locks, a water-powered sawmill, and other fascinating topics.
7 traditions of mountain religious heritage, covering ministers, revivals,
baptisms, gospel-singing, faith healing, camp meetings, snake handling,
and more. Eliot Wigginton(Editor), Paul Gillespie (Editor)
8 folk pottery from pug mills, ash glazes, and groundhog kilns to face
jugs, churns and roosters; mule swapping, chicken fighting, and more. Eliot
Wigginton(Editor), Margie Bennett (Contributor)
9 General Stores, the Jud Newson Wagon, a Praying Rock, a Catawba Indian
Potter--And Hant Tales, Quilting, Home Cures, and Log Cabins Revis by Eliot
Wigginton (Editor), Margie Bennett (Contributor)
10 Railroad Lore, Boardinghouses, Depression-Era Appalachia, Chair
Making, Whirligigs, Snake Canes, and Gourd Art by George P. Reynolds, Susan
Walker, Eliot Wigginton (Contributor)
In the same style, this next book is full of unbeatable interviews
with old folks around the United States. It's out of print, but worth searching
Wish I Could Give My Son a Wild Raccoon Worth the price for one essay
- "I been Jim Cooned", but there are many. Incredible!
Iliad by Homer
Odyssey by Homer
Prose edition, ed. by E. Talbot Donaldson.
Poem version, ed. by Burton Raffel.
Barron's Book Notes. Card catalog description : A guide to reading "Beowulf"
with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes sample tests, term paper
suggestions, and a reading list.
Beowulf is the oldest complete Anglo-Saxon epic- and it's
Christian! Did you know the Danes had such a rich spiritual understanding
so long ago? Or did you think of them as wild men?
Feet In High Places by Hannah Hurnard
the parable of Christian growth.
The Holy War - John Bunyan
of the Silent Planet C. S. Lewis Vol 1 of the Space Trilogy. Ransom
goes to Mars.
C. S. Lewis Vol 2 of the Space Trilogy. To Venus- where understanding Plato
will help you understand the battle. What IF the elephant had accidently
stepped on the snake in our Garden of Eden?
Hideous Strength C. S. Lewis Vol 3 of the Space Trilogy. The Spiritual
battle returns to Earth.
The Kink and I: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Untwisted Living
by James D Mallory, DD
Psychology of Learningby Ruth Beechick.
Should We Then Live?
by Francis Schaeffer The title comes from Ezekiel 33:10. This is his
application of his philosophy to various areas of life, not a study of
by MRS. Schaefer
What was it like to live with the Schaeffers? How did they teach their
to be your own Selfish Pig by SS Macaulay Highly recommended for independent
His Steps by Charles Sheldon Never copyrighted, this has been reprinted
around the world and is still a challenge!
An Essay concerning Human understanding 1 and 2 - John Locke
OF A MURDER by Robert Travers. Fiction, 1958, A gripping novel about
a murder trial that also serves as a primer on the practice of law.
Story of Mankind originally by Hendrik Willem van Loon , updated by
Gallic War by Julius Caesar
Hur by Lew Wallace. This edition has reproductions of the original
Prince - Machiavelli. Sarcasm on government - or is it?
The Brendan Voyage, by Tim Severin
Geography, by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
China by Peter Jenkins. My sister was in China for 3 years; we read
this as we read her letters.
Apologia Education Ministries
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics designed for homeschooling High School.
College prep classes - Algebra I and above skills required! Creationist,
but the real skills of the sciences are what is emphasized rather than
the Creation/Evolution mess. If your student needs information on Creationism
vs Evolution, check out the ICR. Minimal parent involvement, student should
expect 1 hour a day including labs. Try the on-line weekly quiz! Previous
Q & A are posted.
The Universe and Dr. Einstein, by Lincoln Barnett
Am Joe's Body" by J.D. Ratcliff. Originally published as "Your Body
and How it Works", this is the famous Reader's Digest series in a single
volume. We used it as a reference/reading while we worked with the Lukens
Felt Body, the Anatomy Coloring Book, and a plastic skeleton.
Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden. This is a beautiful
example of what a young
adult can do as a Charlotte Mason Nature Notebook! The author grew
up to be a famous Naturalist.
These written-for-college student coloring
guides are incredible - detailed and beautiful! They were perfect for us!
Zoology Coloring Book by Lawrence M. Elson, Cinthea Vadala (Illustrator),
Jacquelyn Giuffre (Illustrator)
Botany Coloring Book by Paul G. Young, Jacquelyn Giuffre (Illustrator)
Biology Coloring Book by Robert D. Griffin
Microbiology Coloring Book by I. Edward Alcamo, Lawrence M. Elson,
Edward I. Alcamo (Contributor)
Physiology Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit, Robert I. Macey, Esmail Meisami
Do the Anatomy one first.
Human Brain Coloring Book (Cos, 306) by Marian C. Diamond, Arnold B.
Scheibel (Photographer), Lawrence M. Elson
Do the Anatomy one first.
Diary of an Edwardian Lady VIDEO. A dramatization of the life of author
Edith Holden from 1877, depicting her girlhood, her family life on up to
her eventual tragic death. Filmed on location.
Out-of-Print books worth searching for:
Green Medicine- The Search for Plants that Heal
by Margaret B Kreig
Library of Congress #64-14403
Out of print-But this classic will never go out of date. It is a history
of the discovery and development of many modern medicines from natural
plants and folklore. Fascinating!
Solomon's Ring by Konrad Z. Lorenz. This incredible natural science
classic by one of the most capable scientists of his day betrays nothing
of his philosopy. He was a follower of Hitler, believing totally in Evolution
to the point of fanaticism. Read this with "Of Pandas and People". Study
it for his wonderful observations, but consider his philosophy with care!
Pandas and People by Davis and Kenyon. Christian but written to be
used in public schools, this is an exogesis of the philosophy of evolution,
useful as a supplimental science text or reference. Give an extra copy
to your local library, or your Pastor.
Darwin's Black Box, by Michael Behe
_Shakespeare's Flowers__by Jessica Kerr and illustrated by Anne Ophelia
Dowden. The author takes a quote from Shakespeare that includes mention
of a flower or herb and then tells all about the plant.
___Consider the Lilies; Plants of the Bible___ by John Paterson and illustrated
by Anne Ophelia Dowden. Takes a scripture that mentions a plant, and then
tells all about the plant.
English & Grammer
Math U See Homepage Where you find
the MUS dealer for your area, and more general information. Borrow a demo
video. This is a kinesthetic math for all levels, with music, manipulatives,
and videotapes as well as worksheets. MUS seems to include more geometry
than Saxon, and has some formal proof work in the upper levels. Excellent!
Mathematics for the Million/How to Master the Magic of Numbers by Lancelot
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