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12th grade Lit list:Imparting Wisdom (CC)

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We will have our first senior next year. And I'm starting to collect ideas for literature that we would have him read before he leaves our home. While we have been reading the great books all along, and we have been discussing those truths from a Christian perspective, I just feel that this last year, should be MORE of a focus on Truth and Wisdom, that in the past.


Here are a few ideas we have so far....Note these are just ideas right now....


How Should We Then Live


Mere Christianity


The Scarlet Letter(Missed this one due to sickness in our 4 year history cycle.)


Moby Dick(Husband threw this into the mix.:w00t:)


Also, have CLE's 12th grade lit study called "Perspectives of Truth in Literature."


Any other ideas for imparting Truth and Wisdom to a 12th grader? or a Great Book that you saved especially for the 12th grade?





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Some I felt were particularly "wise"--


The Hiding Place--Corrie Ten Boom's account of her family during Nazi Germany. Emphasis on God's protection, resting in him, forgiveness (radical forgiveness).


Lord of The Flies--easy read about human nature being fallen and reverting to cruelty without a civilizing influence


Frankenstein--the opposite opinion of the above--also goes into how much responsibility does a creator have for his creation


Those 3 were particularly good for my son. His favorite was Song of Roland. Go figure!

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But my book list is radically different than yours : )


Cutting and pasteing from this previous post http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?p=792690#poststop (the thread of which might well contain other ideas for you)


I added modern issues and what you can do about them into our history by adding the following:

Getting a Grip (a quick self-empowerment guide for those who wish to make a difference)

Hope's Edge (guide to a sustainable diet for the world, good but rather depressing in my son's opinion)

In the Footsteps of Ghandi (interviews with modern activists)

The Anatomy of Peace (an easy read about how to get along with people, not world peace)

Post-American World (a historical perspective on very modern history but left my son wanting to investigate some of his ideas further, not sure about this one, hopeful outlook nice though)

Fooled by Randomness (a different take on probability - deals with the stock market, among other things)

Habibi (Jordan/Israel)


If you pick just one of these, pick Getting a Grip. If you pick three, pick GaG, Hope's Edge, and In the Footsteps of Ghandi. These leave out the question of the sustainability of energy, which my children know about from our everyday lives and other non-book sources.


To US history/government, I am adding:

UN Bill of Rights to the US Bill of Rights

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the United Nations: For Students at Intermediate and Secondary Levels (11/08) to The Idiot's Guide to US Government (or whatever the exact title is)

And to the US civil war, I'm adding Why Not Every Man? (Hendrick) (Haven't read it yet)



Another good pairing along the lines of Jan's The Republic/The Giver is Thoreau's Civil Disobedience with LeGuin's The Eye of the Heron.




My oldest also read Don't Shoot the Dog, which isn't a bad thing to read right before you are launched.


If I could pick one thing to read as a send-off for my particular family, I would pick LoTR (but that is just because it is special for my family). My list (it will change - he is only in 9th grade) for my youngest is (not in any particular order):


Don't Shoot the Dog

Getting a Grip

The Civil Disobediance Handbook

The Eye of the Heron

Beating Celestial Drums

Diet for a Small Planet

In the Footsteps of Gandhi

The UN Bill of Rights




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We studied Frankenstein last year. And The Hiding Place we will read this spring. So, those two will be covered. :001_smile:


But adding Lord of the Flies to the list....


Really should have posted a list of what he HAS read, but trying to clean the house for Thanksgiving too.:D Sorry about that....





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O.K. going to just take the time to do this: Some years were more academic than others. Used WTM, Omnibus, and TOG to lead discussions along with Invitations to the Classics. PLEASE DON'T LOOK AT MY SPELLING. DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO PROOF!


8th: Ancients(Working our way into high school by the end of the year....)


Gilgamesh the Hero

Golden Goblet

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Tales of Ancient India

Tales of Ancient Africa

Tales of Ancient China

Black Ships Before Troy

Wandering of Odysseus

Edith Hamilton'sMythology


Julius Caesar

The Bronze Bow


9th grade Middle Ages



Conn. Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Song of Roland


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest

Selections from Canterbury Tales


Imitation of Christ

The Prince

The Faerie Queen

Shakespeare Poetry



10th grade


Don Quixote

Pilgrims Progress


Paradise Lost

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Rousseau's Confessions

Gulliver's Travels

Pride and Prejudice





Oliver Twist


Short Story unit


11th grade(Some of this has not been completed. A projected list... Also working on Eagle project.)


Red Badge of Courage

Huck Finn

Emily Dickinson

Robert Frost

Animal Farm

The Great Gatsby

Steinbeck something....still thinking through this

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Hiding Place

The Crucible


The Chosen



12th grade.....?????



There you go!



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Chris and Nan:

I love your lists! Adding your ideas to my book list!




We will have our first senior next year, too, and similarly, have been doing the Great Books, plus books of Truth, too. Here are some we either have done or plan to do (I pre-read) that have been especially powerful:



Seeing Truth and the Christian walk in fiction:

- The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Tolkien)

- Leaf by Niggle; Smith of Wooten Major (Tolkien) -- short stories

- Till We Have Faces (Lewis)

- Perelandra (Lewis)

- The Golden Key; The Light Princess (MacDonald) -- short stories

- The Man Who Was Thursday (Chesterton)

- Flatland (Abbott) -- novella

- I Heard the Owl Call My Name (Craven)

- Cry, The Beloved Country (Paton)

- The Hiding Place (tenBoom)



Worldview in Fiction

- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Stevenson)

- Frankenstein (Shelley)

- Brave New World (Huxley)

- The Tombs of Atuan (LeGuin)

- Canticle for Leibowitz (Miller)

- Lord of the Flies (Golding)

- The Screwtape Letters (Lewis)

- Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury)

- Black Like Me (Griffith)




- How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig (Macauley)

- Seven Men Who Rule From the Grave (Breese)

- Rethinking Worldview (Bertrand)

- The Universe Next Door (Sire)

- Understanding the Times (Noebel)

- Mere Christianity (Lewis)

- More Than a Carpenter (McDowell)



Christian Encouragement

- Do Hard Things (Harris) -- use your energy, time and skills in the teens/twenties as a training ground

- I Kissed Dating Goodbye (Harris) -- true love is not using others to satisfy your desires

- The Greatest Among You (Simms) -- servant leadership

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"Must Reads for Graduating Son"




"Can You Recommend a Book on Sexual Purity"




"Books to Prepare for Life"




"Looking for Intriguing Non-Fiction to Add to My Teen's List"


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Yep, Lori, we read that one last year....just well, because I said so..... AWESOME book. I could not put the book down. Was really neat to read just prior to him planning his Eagle Project...;)


I love your lists. How you have organized them. Great titles too. Some I had not thought of for a while...


And I have seen Seven Men Who Ruled from the Grave over and over again in TQ....But I never bought it. May have to check it out now.





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If your intent is to impart wisdom, the book of Proverbs is great. It's got 31 chapters, so reading a chapter a day, corresponding to the date, is a great way to absorb its wisdom.


I was encouraged to do that as a teen, along with Psalms whose last digit corresponded with the date, and it built a strong foundation. I did that for a few years.

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That is one of the things we do for Bible on a daily basis.;) Mom reads them too!


One for every day of the month!:D


Heard Marcia (TOG founder) talk about this a LONG time ago at a TOG conference. I have been reading Psalms and Proverbs daily now for several years and last year encouraged my teenagers to do the same. WOW! I can not say enough about this.


I am a support group leader and I encourage my ladies to do the same.


Thanks for the information!









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