( Grade 9 – Age 14-16 )
So often, history textbooks begin with Mesopotamia and the farmers of the Fertile Crescent as the beginning of history. It may be true that the beginning of recorded history starts with them, but those early civilizations were hardly the beginning of history. This year we seek to go back…WAY back to the very beginning.
This year’s focus is on Prehistory, Geology, and Evolution. We are going back in time to learn about the origins of the Earth and all the wondrous life that has called it home. We’ll start at the very beginning and work our way up to the dawn of man. We’ll be using the gorgeous full-color DK books, Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth and Evolution: The Human Story as our main spines, as well as several well-written books to help us dig deeper into the material.
Our science focus this year will be the book A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. This delightful and fascinating book covers a wide array of scientific topics, from biology to geology to astronomy and more; but the heavy focus is on how science works, and how scientists know what they know (and what they don’t know). We’ll round out our studies with a few well-chosen additions, like The Sea Around Us, Special Edition by Rachel Carson, and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.
We’ll also be delving into the world of literary analysis using the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. I created a study guide for your student to use as they read through this book. In addition to this delightful and entertaining text, they’ll also be using the consumable workbook Figuratively Speaking, which covers 40 literary terms, from Alliteration to Irony to Foreshadowing. By the end of this course, your student will be ready to tackle the classics. We’ll also be studying poetry – learning to appreciate poems with Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins and understanding how poetry works (and learning to write our own) using A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver.
And of course, your child will enjoy some well-chosen novels, from classics like Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to epic fantasy like Lord of the Rings, to modern classics like Flowers for Algernon. Living literature is always the meat and potatoes of this curriculum.
My lesson plans guide you through the Level 9 school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on important things, like teaching your children.
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Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth (Spine)
Evolution: The Human Story (Spine)
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution (Spine)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Spine)
Janice VanCleave’s A+ Projects in Earth Science (Spine)
The Practical Geologist
The Sea Around Us, Special Edition
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Introduction to Literary Analysis:
Last of the Sandwalkers
Life as We Knew It
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
Memory of Water: A Novel
The Taming of the Shrew
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
A Bone from a Dry Sea
Flowers for Algernon
The Clan of the Cave Bear
Survival Skills Elective:
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