Level 10

( Grade 10 – Age 15-17 )

Build Your Library: Level 10 - World History, Part 1This year begins an in-depth foray into World History. We’ll be covering Prehistory through the early Renaissance using the hilarious and information-packed series: Cartoon History of the Universe series by Larry Gonick. Using the first three of these books as our spine, as well as several fascinating history books, we’ll delve deeper into the material using a variety of living books and resources to get a deep understanding of history.

We’ll be reading a variety of literature this year, from historical fiction that ties into our history studies like Gilgamesh the Hero and The Song of Achilles to more literary fare like Lavinia, and modern classics like Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods. Our poetry focus is on the Epic and we’ll be reading and analyzing several works like The Iliad, Beowulf, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Our science focus this year will be Biology with a side of nature study. We’ll use the CK-12 Biology text (which is a thorough and free resource) as our spine for science and go deeper using several living books to enrich the text. We’ll also use The Curious Naturalist by Sy Montgomery and The Law’s Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling to tackle a year of Nature Art.  Your high schooler (and hopefully you the parent, as well) will keep a year-long nature journal, really honing the art and observation skills in the process.

Our elective this year is World Religions and Mythology. What better time to tackle this topic than while studying the time periods that they came from? We’ll read about religions and how they came about, learn about how humanity has always had a focus on a supreme being, and read about the myths early people believed.

My lesson plans guide you through the Level 10 school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.

The 397 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • reading list
  • a set of high school level Composition Cards (Narration for high schoolers)
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions and dictation passages tied to the literature readings
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • memory work projects
  • Activity Pages
  • research projects

You Can Download a Sample Week Here: 

Download the Level 10 (2023 Update)  Sample Here

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Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7 (spine: weeks 1 – 13) – Bookshop.org
The Cartoon History of the Universe II, Volumes 8-13: From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (Pt.2) (spine: weeks 14 – 19)
The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance  (spine: weeks 20 – 36) – Bookshop.org
History of the World Map by Map (spine) – Bookshop.org
World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader (spine) – Bookshop.org
The Black History Book (spine) – Bookshop.org
African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History (spine) – Bookshop.org
The History Book (spine) – Bookshop
The Ancient Near East: A Very Short IntroductionBookshop.org
24 Hours in Ancient EgyptBookshop.org
24 Hours in Ancient Rome
1066: The Year of the ConquestBookshop.org
Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of ItBookshop.org


CK-12 Biology Flexbook (spine)
DIY Science: Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments (spine) – (Free PDF)
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of LifeBookshop.org
Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of the Species  – Bookshop.org
A Planet of VirusesBookshop
The Triumph of Seeds  – Bookshop.org
The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBookshop.org

You can purchase the materials for labs here: The Home Scientist Biology Lab Kit


The Epic of GilgameshBookshop.org
The IliadBookshop.org
Julius Caesar (Folger Shakespeare Library)Bookshop.org
Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBookshop.org
The Canterbury TalesBookshop.org
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir OrfeoBookshop.org


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)Bookshop.org
Gilgamesh the HeroBookshop.org
City of the Plague GodBookshop.org
Mara, Daughter of the NileBookshop.org
Akata Witch – Bookshop.org
The Song of Achilles: A NovelBookshop.org
Daughter of the Moon GoddessBookshop.org
An Ember in the AshesBookshop.org
Once Upon an EidBookshop.org
Enchantress from the StarsBookshop.org
Norse MythologyBookshop.org
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy DogBookshop.org
The Outlaws of SherwoodBookshop.org
Small Gods (Discworld)Bookshop.org

Elective – Mythology and World Religions:

The Religions Book (spine) – Bookshop.org
The Mythology Book(spine) – Bookshop.org
Women of Myth (spine) – Bookshop.org
God: A Human History  – Bookshop.org

Nature Art:

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (spine) – Bookshop.org
The Curious Naturalist: Nature’s Everyday Mysteries (spine)
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with NatureBookshop.org

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