Modern Times, Epistles & Revelation

Summary

With these wonderful living books your family will study recent history—both World and American—and get to know the people and events of Modern Times (1850 to 2012). Geography will focus on North America (if using the Holling books) or a trip around the world (if using the WorldTrek option). Bible lessons will include several epistles, as well as a family study of the book of Revelation. Older students will work on a six-year project of looking for doctrinal truths as they read through the Bible; if they have completed the other five years of reading and study, they will summarize their findings by writing a personal doctrinal statement.

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 9 and 11, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 7–9, 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

  • Bible
  • (AH) Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador by Russ Busby OR Billy Graham: Just Get Up Out of Your Seat by Catherine Mackenzie
  • (AH) The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann
  • Come, Lord Jesus: A Revelation Bible Study by Sonya Shafer
  • (AH) Empire State Building by Elizabeth Mann
  • Gandhi: The Young Protester Who Founded a Nation by Philip Wilkinson
  • George Mueller by Faith Coxe Bailey
  • GOAL Bible Study Journal by Sonya Shafer
  • (AH) Hoover Dam by Elizabeth Mann
  • Mandela: The Rebel Who Led His Nation to Freedom by Ann Kramer
  • (AH) Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum (reference book)
  • (AH) Stories of America, Volume 2, by Charles Morris, et al.
  • Stories of the Nations, Volume 2, by Lorene Lambert
  • (AH) The Story of Thomas A. Edison by Frances M. Perry
  • The Tree in the Trail and Minn of the Mississippi and Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling OR WorldTrek by Russell and Carla Fisher

Plus . . .
Grades 1–3

  • (AH) Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
  • Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo
  • (AH) A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America by Kathleen Krull
  • (AH) Buffalo Bill by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
  • (AH) Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World by Douglas Wood
  • (AH) I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King by Margaret Davidson
  • The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden
  • (AH) Lily’s Victory Garden by Helen L. Wilbur
  • The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II by Louise Borden
  • (AH) Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
  • Only a Dog: A Story of the Great War by Bertha Whitridge Smith
  • (AH) Rebekkah’s Journey: A World War II Refugee Story by Ann E. Burg
  • (AH) Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • (AH) The Unbreakable Code by Sara Hoagland Hunter

Grades 4–6

  • (AH) Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North
  • (AH) Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom L. Matthew
  • Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • (AH) I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King by Margaret Davidson
  • Louis Pasteur: Founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
  • Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
  • (AH) Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield
  • (AH) The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation by Quentin Reynolds

Grades 7–9

  • Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy
  • (AH) Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • (AH) Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
  • (AH) Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • Louis Pasteur: Founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
  • Rescue and Redeem: Volume 5, Chronicles of the Modern Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • (AH) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • (AH) Ronald Reagan: Destiny at His Side by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy
  • (AH) Victory in the Pacific by Albert Marrin
  • World War I: From the Lusitania to Versailles by Zachary Kent
  • (AH) The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) The Yanks Are Coming by Albert Marrin

Grades 10–12

  • (AH) America: The Last Best Hope, Volume 2: From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom by William Bennett
  • (AH) America: The Last Best Hope, Volume 3: From the Collapse of Communism to the Rise of Radical Islam by William Bennett
  • (AH) American Voices: A Collection of Documents, Speeches, Essays, Hymns, Poems, and Short Stories from American History edited by Ray Notgrass
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • (AH) Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • (AH) Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
  • Hitler by Albert Marrin
  • How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer OR 7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by Dave Breese
  • (AH) Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Rescue and Redeem: Volume 5, Chronicles of the Modern Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • Stalin: Russia’s Man of Steel by Albert Marrin
  • (AH) Victory in the Pacific by Albert Marrin
  • The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) The Yanks Are Coming by Albert Marrin

Note: We recommend that grades 10–12 students add an American Government course either during this Modern Times study or spread over two years, during Early Modern and Modern Times studies. One possibility might be Exploring Government from Notgrass Publishing, taken at a slower pace.

Optional

  • (AH) George Washington Carver by David Collins (grades 1–3)
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (grades 10–12)
  • (AH) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (grades 7–12)
  • (AH) Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (grades 7–12)
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