History studied in Year 9: 1688-1815 including French and American revolutions
Term 1: 1688-1730, Term 2: 1730-1786, Term 3: 1786-1815
As students mature, their reading material will present more challenging content, and may include strong language and more mature themes. We have placed footnotes linked in red beside those books that most parents will consider an issue. However, we cannot anticipate which content might be an issue for every family. We encourage parents to pre-screen material to determine its appropriateness for their child and family. Note: These booklists and curriculum suggestions are incomplete without a thorough understanding of Charlotte Mason's ideas and methods. We cannot emphasize enough that you take time to familiarize yourself with her philosophy by reading her books.
Table of Contents:
KEY TO SYMBOLS
Old Testament: 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Obadiah; Jonah
New Testament: Mark, Acts, James, Galatians
Suggested Devotional Reading
Keep a century chart and Century Book of the period studied. 
* Salem witch trial transcript; also here; name search here. [10a]
* Letters to His Son by Lord Chesterfield, selections β α ($elections) Ω ∫ 
* ** Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen ($amzn)
* ** Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin β α ($amzn) Ω ∫
** Free Grace: John Wesley Denounces the Doctrine of Predestination
** Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Sermon Ω Ω YouTube
** Edmund Burke's Plea for Conciliation with the American Colonies, March 22,1775 Ω
** The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (1775) ∫
** The Declaration of Independence Ω
** Patrick Henry's famous 'Give me liberty or give me death' speech Ω
** Articles of Confederation (1777) ∫
** Articles of Capitulation, Yorktown
** Treaty with Great Britain (1783) ∫
** The Federalist, articles 1 and 2 α Ω
*** Washington's First Inaugural Address (1789) ∫
*** Constitution of the United States (current copy here) 
*** Treaty with the Six Nations (1794) Ω ∫
*** Speech by William Wilberforce concerning the slave trade.  ∫
*** Washington's Farewell Address Ω 
*** Treaty with France (Louisiana Purchase) (1803) ∫
*** Treaty with Great Britain (End of War of 1812) (1814) ∫
Students should have a plan for keeping up with current events. 
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall ch 60-73 β α ($amzn) (K) 
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (or here) β α Unabridged translation by R. Buss: ($amzn) (K) Ω 
* Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. β α ($amzn) (K) Ω Λ ∫ 
* Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift ($amzn) A paraphrase is available here.
** Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson β α ($amzn) (K) Ω ∫
** She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith β α ($amzn) Ω * *
*** Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen β α ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) DVD: ($amzn) Ω
Shakespeare - Continue with AO's Shakespeare rotation.
The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets by Suzanne Clark (optional)
Writers Inc by Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, Dave Kemper ($amzn)
Psalm 23; Isaiah 40; Romans 8; Matthew 5; James 1; 1 John 1
a poem per term from the term's poetry selections
Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation. Consider beginning a personal quote book.
Do dictation regularly.
Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.
A Living Science option is still in the works, but you may opt to beta test it. See our note on the progress of AO's Living Science project for Year 9.
Continue the artist rotation posted at AmblesideOnline
Robert Burns' poetry and music fit this era. One example: A Man's a Man For a' That
Begin Latin if you've not started already, or continue with any previous foreign language studies
Keep fit: Learn and play a game (kick ball, tennis, croquet, ping-pong, softball, etc.) or folk-dance, or pursue other physical activity of your choice. One option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase
Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.
Try to use books that were not included from Year 9, or the Year 9 Free reading List
2. Note on Audiobooks: While links to audio books are added as a courtesy, Miss Mason's approach to grammar and composition is heavily dependent upon the children receiving an immense amount of visual exposure to the written word over many years, so parents should exercise extreme caution in how many audiobooks they use each year. Our brains just work differently when we see the words. (Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.) For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text.
Librivox free audio is done by volunteers, and some are better than others. Heidi Nash has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. Be aware that apps, including Librivox, that have clickable ads can open a browser and allow children unfiltered access to the internet, even when browsers have been disabled by the parent. There are options: either download mp3 files from Librivox and listen without the app, or only install the app on a parent-controlled device. Librivox has a pay option to turn off ads. (Back)
4. AO's Bible plan goes through the Bible semi-chronologically over 6 years in Years 6-11. This year's Bible readings would be as follows:
6. Saints and Heroes: for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6 (Back)
8. Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a Century Chart and Book of Centuries. Students at this level in the PNEU schools made summaries of dates and events, referred to maps as they read their history, and made century charts. Instructions for making your own timelines and charts are included in these Parents' Review articles: Book of the Centuries; Teaching Chronology; The Correlation of Lessons. For more details about the why, when, how of keeping CM timelines (and other notebooks), we recommend Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page ($amzn). (Back)
10. The Age of Revolution is Volume 3 of Winston Churchill's 4 volume set, "A History of the English Speaking Peoples." These volumes are used across Years 7-10. Americans and those who desire a more accurate picture of the American Revolution (which is covered in Term 2) may prefer another option, or at least an additional option. One option would be to use the Churchill book alone for terms 1 and 3, and substitute an American history book to be used alone for term 2.
Term 1: ch 1 William of Orange - ch 6 Treaty of Utrechte
Term 2: ch 7 The House of Hanover - ch 15 The Indian Empire
Term 3: ch 16 The Younger Pitt - ch 25 Elba and Waterloo
Don't get the one edited by Henry Steele Commager, as it's abridged. For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for all 4 volumes of A History of the English Speaking Peoples, and a schedule to break down the week's chapter into 4 short daily readings.
Or, use A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson: An easier read than Morison (more engaging), perhaps more editorial in places. Juicier than either Churchill or Morison. Very enthusiastically pro-American. Year 9 students would read approximately pages 79-269/279.
Term 1: pg 79-117
Term 2: pg 121-184
Term 3: 184-279
A weekly schedule for Paul Johnson's History of the American People is here.
There's a new American history book published in 2019 called Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story by Wilfred M. McClay.($amzn) (K) The Advisory is still previewing this book, so we can't make an official recommendation yet. However, if you wish to give it a try, there's a schedule that fits it into Years 8-11 here. Year 9 corresponds with ch 3-6 (pg 106). (Back)
10a. Salem witch trial transcript: These links are suggested; feel free to choose more (or to choose differently):
Letter From Rev. John Higginson to His Son Nathaniel Higginson
Letter of Deodat Lawson
Court testimony of Sarah Bibber
Court testimony of Mary Osgood
Letter To John Foster
Notable people: Tituba, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather
Optional: these links from the same website might be added:
Trial transcripts: John Alden
Letters of Governor William Phipps
Petitions from Relatives of Prisoners (scroll down same page)
Laws Passed (scroll down same page)
Reversal of Attainder and Rest (sampling) (scroll down same page)
There's a brief article with linked names here.
The Salem Witch Trials were a blight on our history, but the fact remains that they stand out because of the rarity of witchcraft executions in the Colonies, and their comparatively late date (although Switzerland executed a witch in 1892). In the Colonies, 40 people were executed for witchcraft, half of them in the Salem Trials, and one of the key judges later repented and expressed his deep sorrow for his role in the executions. In England, there were nearly a thousand witchcraft trials from 1552 to 1722, and roughly a quarter of those ended in executions. Scotland tried nearly 2,000 in the same period, and even Switzerland had nearly 400 witchcraft trials in this period with nearly a quarter of the accused executed. Southwestern Germany executed some 3,000 during the same time period. (Back)
11. Chesterfield: Full book is 488 pages; you can use AO's selections (here, about 88 pgs, or choose your own selections. There's a nice collection selected by Edward Gilpin Johnson in 1893 The Best Letters of Lord Chesterton α ($elections) (Back)
11a George Washington: If you need an online option: The Life of George Washington by David Ramsay ($amzn)
The Student's Life of Washington by Washington Irving β α
There's a briefer but good section in James Baldwin's Four Great Americans.) (Back)
11b. Longitude: This is a new addition and matches the Year 9 time period. If you prefer to use the previously scheduled Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton ($amzn) (K), and Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler ($amzn) (K), a schedule is here). (Back)
12. A basic government book: High School students will need to earn credit for basic government. This material can be done in Year 9, 10, 11 or 12. Some options:
16. Ourselves: approximately 22 pages per term. This book will continue through all the remaining years of AO curriculum. This is the 4th volume of Mason's 6 Volume Series. This year: pages 131-210 of Book 1.
Also available in a modern English paraphrase that can be read online or purchased. (K) The paraphrase of Book I, Self-Knowledge, the first half of Volume 4, can be purchased as a separate paperback book.
Term 1: Book 1 pg 131-155
Term 2: Book 1 pg 156-178
Term 3: Book 1 pg 179-210 (Back)
18. Plutarch: Charlotte Mason recommended Thomas North's "inimitable translation." (Back)
19. Pope's Essay on Man: Read a little background on Pope (there's a tiny bit in English Literature for Boys and Girls), and you'll see his poetry is "of the brain" and not the heart. With that in mind, read a few stanzas (perhaps AO's Suggested Selections), and see if you can re-write them in prose, just to get a flavor of his writing, and the thinking that was prevalent during the era (he is a man of his time, and his ideas are more timely than timeless). The sentimental and romantic poets were a reaction against poetry like this (in part). Once you've experienced the thing, there's really no need to read it all. (posted by Karen Glass) (Back)
20. Charlotte Mason had students at this level read the daily news and keep a calendar of events. We suggest students choose the most important 2 or 3 stories of the week and re-write them in their own words as a chronicle of the year, making the heading of each page something like "This Week in History, September 1st, 2003." Parents: pre-read and filter current events materials (on the web, or in print) as necessary, due to the potential for coverage and topics of an explicit nature, even from conservative sources. We've listed some possible options here.
Blogs as a media form have rapidly overtaken hard-copy publications. News is being reported there, in some cases, faster and more accurately than other, older media forms. Students should learn about them, find one they trust, and check it regularly. However, we recommend that parents first become familiar with blogs and visit the one(s) their children will frequent. We suggest several poliblogs here, but parents should know that not every message on these blogs will be 'child-friendly' and often have ads that include scantily clad women. Also, most blogs link to a multitude of other blogs and sites that may not be child-friendly.
Comments posted on blogs can be considered a new media equivalent of a letter to the editor, and students should learn how to communicate well on blogs. (Back)
22. The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys: This year: Chapters 60-73, on Dryden, Defoe, Swift, Addison, Steele, Pope, Johnson, Goldsmith, Burns, and Cowper.
Term 1: ch 60 (Dryden) - ch 66 (Dick Steele)
Term 2: ch 67 (Pope) - ch 72 (Burns)
Term 3: ch 73 (Cowper)
AO schedules this book in conjunction with Invitation to the Classics; more material is covered in Marshall's History of English Literature from Year 7 to the middle of Year 10, and more is covered in Invitation to the Classics from the middle of Year 10, and through Year 11. If you prefer to use only Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($amzn), Year 9 students would read pg 177-202 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels to Hamilton,Madison, andJay - The Federalist. A Table of Contents to help with planning is here. (Back)
23. Gulliver's Travels: Skip chapter 5 in Part II, on Gulliver's visit to Brobdinnag as it has some inappropriate or unpleasant incidents with the Giants in two different places as well as a gruesome execution. Also be aware that towards the end of the first chapter, the miniscule Gulliver is repulsed by the sight of a giantess nursing her child. (Back)
24. The Count of Monte Cristo: the last third of the book can be finished over the summer. This book really, really needs to be finished to see its messaage of repentance, regret, sorrow, forgiveness, redemption. Two schedules are available: one that schedules two-thirds of the book over 36 weeks and leaves the last third for summer reading, [and one that schedules the entire book over the 36 week period, which completes the book during the school year, but makes for some heavy reading during the year.] There are schedules listed that can be used as bookmarks for both the abridged 2/3 schedule [and the full schedule]. (Back)
25. Grammar: In terms of difficulty (easiest to most challenging), Easy Grammar Plus is probably the easiest, followed by Jensen's, and then Our Mother Tongue.
Jensen's Grammar goes slowly and step-by-step; their answer key is thorough (Our Mother Tongue doesn't always have answers). There are 75 lessons, so plan to take two years, or else do two lessons per week. Expect to pay about $30 for the Jensen's text and answer key. The DVD's are not necessary. You will probably find it cheaper at New Leaf Publishing, or other homeschool sellers such as Lamppost Homeschool.
If you are not confident about teaching grammar, you might prefer Easy Grammar Plus by Wanda Phillips. It's less intense than Jensen's, but still doesn't assume a lot of previous knowledge from the teacher. It's easier than Jensen with just a couple suggested alterations (for example, don't insist on memorizing the prepositions at the start, just write a list of them and explain an easy way to remember most of them: any way a worm can go in relations to two apples, or a swallow in relation to two mountains). A parent using this with one child could get by with only the Teacher's Edition since the student workbook is included in it, but multiple students would need their own workbooks. ($ from their website or CBD) Easy Grammar Grade 8 Student 180 Daily Teaching Lessons by Wanda Phillips is just as good; it also has the student workbook included in the teacher's edition.
Those who are more familiar with grammar may prefer Our Mother Tongue. It's more interesting as it uses classic literature for exercises and includes snippets of history about language. The Answer Key ($amzn) is sold separately. Our Mother Tongue has 49 chapters. One suggestion is to spread the book over two years, doing about 9 chapters per term. (Back)
25s. Signs and Seasons - continues this year. The book is cheaper from CBD. Field work is an integral part of this book. Field activities are included in the back of the book, so the field guide is not necessary.
If you prefer, A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations by Milton Heifetz may be used. ($amzn) (K) (Back)
26. Microbe Hunters: ch 1 on Leeuwenhook, and ch 2 on Spallanzani (book will be continued in Years 10 and 11) (Back)
27. Great Astronomers: the chapters on Isaac Newton, Flamsteed, Halley, James Bradley, William Herschel, Pierre-Simon Laplace, John M Brinkley are scheduled this year where they belong chronologically; feel free to be selective if you need to lighten the schedule. (Back)
28. Love is a Fallacy - An amusing short story which manages to entertain while instructing in some of the basic rhetorical fallacies. There's an alternate link here, and a pdf file here. We continue to update links, but this one has been a moving target. The story begins, "Cool was I and logical. Keen, calculating, perspicacious, acute and astute." If our link doesn't work, you might try googling with those exact words and the author's name (Shulman) to find it elsewhere on the internet. (Back)
30. If you already have Janson's Picture History of Painting, Janson's History of Art for Young People or Janson's History of Art, those books are broken down into their appropriate terms for Years 7-11 here. Note that Janson's History of Art is a huge book, and may be too much for most students on top of their other reading. (Back)
45. US Constitution: If your student needs help, you might look at something to read alongside the Constitution. One suggestion: this paraphrase printed as a side by side parallel - The Constitution Made Easy by Michael Holler ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) (Back)
46. Speech by William Wilberforce In the book "A Treasury of the World's Great Speeches," online. ($amzn) you can find "William Pitt the Younger Indicts the Slave Trade and Foresees a Liberated Africa" April 2, 1792. We suggest that a book of famous speeches such as the above treasury ought to be in every homeschool library. [An AO user found a book of Pitt's speeches here. Scroll down to the African Slave Trade speech (p363), and click on it. Pitt's speech starts half way down page 363 and is listed as April 2nd 1792, not April 3rd. Or, you can download a Word/.odt document of this speech.] Ω (Back)
47. George Washington's Farewell Address was a final opportunity to express some guiding principles for the young nation, to promote union and warn against party factions, and encourage neutrality with other nations. The U.S. Senate still has a tradition of reading this every year on Washington's birthday; if you'd like to listen along as you read, look on YouTube for videos of Senators reading this. The speech is about 40 minutes long. (Back)
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