Early Modern & Epistles

Summary

With these wonderful living books your family will study both World and American history, getting to know the people and events of Early Modern times (about 1550 to 1850). Geography will focus on North America. Bible lessons will include several epistles. Older students will work on a six-year project of looking for doctrinal truths as they read through the Bible.

Book List for History, Geography, Bible

Read the books listed under Family to all the students together. Add the grade-level books as individual reads for any children you have in those grades. For example, if you have students in grades 6 and 10, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 4–6, and Grades 10–12.

(AH) = American History book, so if you are in a different country you can easily identify and substitute books as desired.

Family (all students)

  • Bible
  • (optional, but recommended) Master Skylark by John Bennett
  • (AH) Stories of America, Volume 1 by Charles Morris and Sonya Shafer
  • Stories of the Nations, Volume 1 by Charles Morris, Lorene Lambert, and Sonya Shafer
  • The Stuff They Left Behind: From the Days of Early Modern portfolio
  • Visits to North America notebook by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)

Plus . . .
Grades 1–3

  • (AH) Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
  • Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
  • (AH) The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin
  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall
  • (AH) Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
  • (AH) Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
  • (AH) Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters
  • (AH) Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

Grades 4–6

  • Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
  • Bard of Avon by Diane Stanley
  • Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
  • (AH) The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
  • The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson
  • (AH) The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Story of Napoleon by H. E. Marshall
  • (AH) A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

Grades 7–9

  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • (AH) Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • (AH) Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloan
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • (AH) Early Thunder by Jean Fritz OR Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Growth in the Word by Sonya Shafer
  • Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • (AH) Poor Richard by James Daugherty
  • The Story of Modern France, chapters 1–23, by H. A. Guerber
  • The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
  • The Year of the Horseless Carriage by Genevieve Foster

Grades 10–12

  • (AH) America: The Last Best Hope, Volume 1 by William Bennett
  • (AH) American Voices: A Collection of Documents, Speeches, Essays, Hymns, Poems, and Short Stories from American History edited by Ray Notgrass
  • (AH) The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Famous Men of the 16th and 17th Century by Robert G. Shearer
  • Growth in the Word by Sonya Shafer
  • Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • (AH)Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
  • The Year of the Horseless Carriage by Genevieve Foster

Note: We recommend that grades 10–12 students add an American Government course either during the Modern Times study next year or complete part of it this year and part of it next year. One possibility might be Exploring Government from Notgrass Publishing, taken at a slower pace.

We also recommend that grades 9–12 students read about and discuss current events. Selected articles from World magazine or website work well.

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