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Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles

Summary

With these books your family will spend a delightful time getting to know the people, events, places, and culture of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation. Geography will focus on the Age of Exploration, and you will begin to work your way through the epistles of the Bible. (Since the Bible history narratives are the focus in our three Ancients studies, the rest of the Bible books are spread throughout the remaining three studies.) Older students will learn how to study the Bible on their own, focusing on the same epistles that the Family does, and 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 2 and 7, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 1–3, and Grades 7–9.

Family (all students)

  • Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz
  • Bible
  • The Bible Smuggler by Louise Vernon
  • Castle by David Macaulay
  • A Castle with Many Rooms: The Story of the Middle Ages by Lorene Lambert
  • Cathedral by David Macaulay
  • Material World and Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel
  • The Stuff They Left Behind: From the Days of the Middle Ages portfolio
  • Visits to South & Central America, Australia notebook by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)

plus . . .
Grades 1–3

  • Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts by Margaret Hodges
  • Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt
  • Marguerite Makes a Book by Bruce Robertson
  • A Medieval Feast by Aliki
  • Pippo the Fool by Tracey E. Fern
  • The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla

Grades 4–6

  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • King Arthur and His Knights audio recording by Jim Weiss
  • “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” poem by Robert Browning
  • The Vikings by Elizabeth Janeway

Grades 7–9

  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce by G. A. Henty
  • Life in the Word by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • The Magna Charta by James Daugherty
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
  • The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  • The White Stag by Kate Seredy

Grades 10–12

  • The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages, with extra chapters by Rob Shearer (2008 edition, published by Greenleaf Press)
  • Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation by Rob Shearer
  • The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
  • The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Life in the Word by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
  • The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Voices of the Renaissance and Reformation edited by Rob Shearer
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