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, 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 King and The Song of Achilles, to more literary fare like Grendel, 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 study. 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.

I also offer an optional Art History course. Using Gombrich’s The Story of Art and Khan Academy’s fantastic art history lessons, your child will cover the history of art from prehistoric times through the early Renaissance.

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.


Unfortunately the virtual lab links I included in the lesson plans were taken down and put behind a paywall a while back. I’m working on finding something to replace them with – one option is Quality Science Labs.
If you want to use virtual labs or don’t have the budget for the Quality Science Labs, I recommend doing a google search for the name of the lab along with the words virtual lab to see if there is another option available.
This website is promising:  http://mw.concord.org/modeler/
NOVA has a few virtual labs as well: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/

The 337 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:

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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
Atlas of World History (spine) – Bookshop.org
World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader (spine) – Bookshop.org
Africa: A Biography of the ContinentBookshop.org
The Ancient Near East: A Very Short IntroductionBookshop.org
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient EgyptBookshop.org
The Life of Alexander the GreatBookshop.org
1066: The Year of the ConquestBookshop.org
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th CenturyBookshop.org


CK-12 Biology (spine)
The Curious Naturalist: Nature’s Everyday Mysteries (spine)
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of LifeBookshop.org
The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic CodeBookshop.org
Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science
What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the SensesBookshop.org
The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBookshop.org


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 KingBookshop.org
Mara, Daughter of the NileBookshop.org
The Shock of the Fall: A NovelBookshop.org
The Song of Achilles: A NovelBookshop.org
The Palace of Illusions: A NovelBookshop.org
An Ember in the AshesBookshop.org
Mother of the Believers: A Novel of the Birth of IslamBookshop.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 Illustrated World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions (spine) – Bookshop.org
Myths & Legends: An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings (spine) – Bookshop.org
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (spine) – Bookshop.org

Nature Art:

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (spine) – Bookshop.org

Optional Elective – Art History 1: (this is part 1 of a course that will be completed in Level 11)

The Story of Art (spine) – Bookshop.org
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (spine) – Bookshop.org
Khan Academy Art History Lessons

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