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Please, please, please help me narrow down our book list for our Introduction to World Cultures & Religions study for my 9th grader.

 

I want to focus on studying the cultures and religions (we are doing a separate physical geography program).

So far, this is a compiled list of various titles mentioned by other people studying world cultures. I have not yet previewed all titles and obviously, I don't plan to cover all of these.

 

Please tell me which titles you would cover for each continent and why. If there are any that should definitely be eliminated, please tell me that too!

 

 

 

Cultural Geography Book List

 

 

Spines:

? Essentials of World Regional Geography

Glencoe World Geography

The Hungry Planet

The Material World

Women in the Material World

 

 

World Religion Spines:

God’s Smuggler

The Narrow Road : Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together

I Dared to Call Him Father

Unveiling Islam

From Buddha to Jesus

Surprised by Christ

Asia from a Christian Perspective

The Orthodox Church

http://orthodoxmissions.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/why-a-chinese-buddhist-became-an-orthodox-athonite-monk/

But Don’t All Religions Lead to God? – Green

Religions of the World – Breuilly

 

 

 

 

Introduction to World Geography

 

 

 

 

Feb 21-Mar 11

 

 

Around the World in 80 days-Jules Vern

Around the World in 80 days – Michael Palin

The Book of Marvels: An Explorer's Miscellany

One Year Off

WorldTrek

 

 

 

 

Antarctica

 

 

 

 

March 21-April 1

 

 

How To Survive In Antarctica

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing

Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5 - Madeleine L'Engle (series)

 

 

 

 

Oceania

 

 

 

 

April 4-May 13

 

 

In a Sun Burned Country – Bill Bryson

Our sunburnt country: An illustrated history of Australia

Rabbit Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Kon Tiki by F.H. Lyon and Thor Heyerdahl (S. America to Polynesia)

Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century

by Don Richardson

 

Book Basket

Patrick White – The Tree of Man

Tales told to Kabbarli: Aboriginal legends

The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell

Religion:

Facing the World Head-on (David Bussau – New Zealand)

 

 

 

 

Africa and Southwestern Asia (Middle East)

 

 

 

 

August 1-September 30

 

 

Cry the Beloved Country

Born Free

King Solomon’s Mines

Waiting for the Rain

What is the What

The Breadwinner – Afghanistan

Swahili for the Broken-hearted

Across the Limpopo

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen – Pakistan

 

Book Basket:

Flame Trees of Thika

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

Out of Africa

Travels with Livingstone: An American Family's Journey into South African Culture

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Seven Daughters and seven sons – Arabian folktale

 

Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey by Bruce Feiler

Religion:

Saint Catherine (Egypt)

Saints of Africa

 

 

 

 

 

South Asia (India) & Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines)

 

 

 

 

October 3-28

 

 

Climbing the Stairs – India

Nectar in a sieve –

Teresa of Calcutta: Serving the Poorest of the Poor - India

India

Clay Marble – Cambodia/Thailand

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

With Daring Faith (Amy Carmichael – India)

 

 

 

 

Russia & Neighboring Countries

 

 

 

 

November 1-18

 

 

**The Turning – Russia

Ella’s Story + Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia: New Martyr of the Communist Yoke (Saint Elizabeth – Russia)

Wonderworker of Sarov and his Spiritual Inheritance or Flame in the Snow (Saint Seraphim - Russia)

 

 

 

Holidays Around the World

 

 

 

 

December 5-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Asia (China, Korea, Japan)

 

 

 

 

January 2-February 10

 

 

An Artist of the Floating World - Japan, post-WW2

Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent by Mark Brazil

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze – China

Year of Impossible Goodbyes – Korea

Homesick (Jean Fritz) – China

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze River – China

Book Basket:

The Samurai (Endo) – Japan

Master Puppeteer – Japan

The Good Earth – China

Monkey: A Journey to the West – China

A Single Shard – Korea

Echoes of White Giraffe & Gathering of Pearls - Korea

Religion:

The Adventure of a Lifetime + No Mountain Too High (Gladys Aylward - China)

Something Greater Than Gold (Eric Liddell – China)

Forgive Your Enemies (Jacob Deshazer – Japan)

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

 

February 13-March 23

 

 

Bum Voyage

New Europe

Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe by Rory MacLean

A Year of Sundays: Taking the Plunge and (Our Cat) to Explore Europe by Edward D. Webster

My Family and Other Animals – Greece

Les Miserables – France

The Wall ( Marlen Haushofer) – Germany

The Endless Steppe – Poland/ Siberia

Book Basket:

The Winged Watchman – Netherlands

No Gun for Asmir – Sarajevo

The Mammy or Ireland: A Novel - Ireland

The Fields of Bannockburn - Scotland

Religion:

Keeper of the Angels’ Den + The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Corrie Ten Boom – Holland/Germany)

Keeper of the Light (Saint Macrina – Greece)

Great Martyr Tsar Lazar of Serbia: His Life and Service (Serbia)

 

 

 

 

 

Latin America/South America

 

 

 

 

Mar 26-May 4

 

 

The Hungry Cyclist: Pedalling the Americas in Search of the Perfect Meal

Searching in South America

Life is a Jungle (Snell)

Through Gates of Splendor

Before We Were Free

Book Basket:

Amazon Stranger: A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil

The Cay

Religion:

Bruchko

 

 

 

 

North America

 

 

 

 

May 7-June 8

 

 

Blue Highways

? Miles from Nowhere: Tales from America's Contemporary Frontier

**A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

My Heart Lies South – Mexico

 

Taste of Salt – Haiti

Maria Chapdelaine - Canada

Never Cry Wolf – Canada

 

 

North (Napoli) – North Pole

Anne of Green Gables – Canada

The Circuit – Mexican immigrant series

Esperanza Rising – Mexican immigrant

Sing Down the Moon – Native American – Spanish/Mexican Slave Traders

(available as an e-book from library) Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marian Russell Along the Santa Fe Trail – 19th century New Nexico

Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus

A Walk Across America

The Walk West

Religion:

Home Run to Heaven (Billy Sunday)

Saint Innocent (Alaska)

Father Herman (Alaska)

Man of God: St John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

Summer Reading

Funny in Farsi – Iranian US immigrant

O Kaplan, My Kaplan – Adult immigrants in the US

 

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Oh boy. I haven't read most of the books on your list, but I will comment on those that I've read and whether I'd include them in a cultural geography class. I'm assuming this is limited to geography only, and your dc will have other books for lit that will be taking time from the day.

 

 

 

Cultural Geography Book List

 

 

Spines:

? Essentials of World Regional Geography

Glencoe World Geography

The Hungry Planet

The Material World

Women in the Material World

 

 

World Religion Spines:

God’s Smuggler Excellent book, one of my top reads from the past few years, but I wouldn't include it in a cultural geograpy study.

The Narrow Road : Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together

I Dared to Call Him Father

Unveiling Islam

From Buddha to Jesus

Surprised by Christ

Asia from a Christian Perspective

The Orthodox Church

http://orthodoxmissions.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/why-a-chinese-buddhist-became-an-orthodox-athonite-monk/

But Don’t All Religions Lead to God? – Green

Religions of the World – Breuilly

 

 

 

 

Introduction to World Geography

 

 

 

 

Feb 21-Mar 11

 

 

Around the World in 80 days-Jules Vern

Around the World in 80 days – Michael Palin

The Book of Marvels: An Explorer's Miscellany

One Year Off

WorldTrek

 

 

 

 

Antarctica

 

 

 

 

March 21-April 1

 

 

How To Survive In Antarctica

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing Great book, but again I wouldn't include in cultural geography.

Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5 - Madeleine L'Engle (series)

 

 

 

 

Oceania

 

 

 

 

April 4-May 13

 

 

In a Sun Burned Country – Bill Bryson

Our sunburnt country: An illustrated history of Australia

Rabbit Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Kon Tiki by F.H. Lyon and Thor Heyerdahl (S. America to Polynesia)

Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century

by Don Richardson This is up toward the top of missionary reads. Yes, definitely. Excellent look at a tribe of Papua New Guinea and how the their tradition met with the gospel.

 

Book Basket

Patrick White – The Tree of Man

Tales told to Kabbarli: Aboriginal legends

The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell

Religion:

Facing the World Head-on (David Bussau – New Zealand)

 

 

 

 

Africa and Southwestern Asia (Middle East)

 

 

 

 

August 1-September 30

 

 

Cry the Beloved Country I HEART this book! Yes, include it. Gives such insight into the problems that were encountered in the cultural shift of moving from tribe to inner city.

Born Free

King Solomon’s Mines

Waiting for the Rain

What is the What

The Breadwinner – Afghanistan

Swahili for the Broken-hearted

Across the Limpopo

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen – Pakistan

 

Book Basket:

Flame Trees of Thika

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

Out of Africa

Travels with Livingstone: An American Family's Journey into South African Culture

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Seven Daughters and seven sons – Arabian folktale

 

Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey by Bruce Feiler

Religion:

Saint Catherine (Egypt)

Saints of Africa

 

 

 

 

 

South Asia (India) & Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines)

 

 

 

 

October 3-28

 

 

Climbing the Stairs – India

Nectar in a sieve –

Teresa of Calcutta: Serving the Poorest of the Poor - India

India

Clay Marble – Cambodia/Thailand

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

With Daring Faith (Amy Carmichael – India) Haven't read this, but have read some Amy Carmichael. Love reading about her work, but would probably wouldn't include in cultural geography. What about Passage to India by Forster?

 

 

 

 

Russia & Neighboring Countries

 

 

 

 

November 1-18

 

 

**The Turning – Russia

Ella’s Story + Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia: New Martyr of the Communist Yoke (Saint Elizabeth – Russia)

Wonderworker of Sarov and his Spiritual Inheritance or Flame in the Snow (Saint Seraphim - Russia)

 

 

 

Holidays Around the World

 

 

 

 

December 5-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Asia (China, Korea, Japan)

 

 

 

 

January 2-February 10

 

 

An Artist of the Floating World - Japan, post-WW2

Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent by Mark Brazil

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze – China

Year of Impossible Goodbyes – Korea

Homesick (Jean Fritz) – China

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze River – China

Book Basket:

The Samurai (Endo) – Japan

Master Puppeteer – Japan

The Good Earth – China

Monkey: A Journey to the West – China

A Single Shard – Korea -- great book; not really high school level, but you might want an easier read in the mix

Echoes of White Giraffe & Gathering of Pearls - Korea

Religion:

The Adventure of a Lifetime + No Mountain Too High (Gladys Aylward - China) I cannot recall the biography we read of Glaydys Aylwad but we loved it! Follow it with the movie "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness"

Something Greater Than Gold (Eric Liddell – China) Great man, but I think the Gladys Aylward bio will give you more insight into the culture/traditions of China

Forgive Your Enemies (Jacob Deshazer – Japan)

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

 

February 13-March 23

 

 

Bum Voyage

New Europe

Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe by Rory MacLean

A Year of Sundays: Taking the Plunge and (Our Cat) to Explore Europe by Edward D. Webster

My Family and Other Animals – Greece

Les Miserables – France Love this book! But, if you read it, you will have little time for anything else. Save it for lit. Or summer.:001_smile:

The Wall ( Marlen Haushofer) – Germany

The Endless Steppe – Poland/ Siberia

Book Basket:

The Winged Watchman – Netherlands Good book, but I wouldn't include in a cultural geography study[/color]

No Gun for Asmir – Sarajevo

The Mammy or Ireland: A Novel - Ireland

The Fields of Bannockburn - Scotland

Religion:

Keeper of the Angels’ Den + The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Corrie Ten Boom – Holland/Germany)

Keeper of the Light (Saint Macrina – Greece)

Great Martyr Tsar Lazar of Serbia: His Life and Service (Serbia)

 

 

 

 

 

Latin America/South America

 

 

 

 

Mar 26-May 4

 

 

The Hungry Cyclist: Pedalling the Americas in Search of the Perfect Meal

Searching in South America

Life is a Jungle (Snell)

Through Gates of Splendor Excellent! I might choose Bruchko for a better look at the culture of some of the Amazonian tribes.

Before We Were Free

Book Basket:

Amazon Stranger: A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil

The Cay

Religion:

Bruchko And here it is! Yes, include this. Very, very good.

 

 

 

 

North America

 

 

 

 

May 7-June 8

 

 

Blue Highways

? Miles from Nowhere: Tales from America's Contemporary Frontier

**A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

My Heart Lies South – Mexico

My favorite book about cultural North America is Nine Nations of America. It's an insightful look into the different cultural regions of the U.S., separated not by state lines but cultural lines. So Miami is part of the Caribbean while North Florida is in the South. Written by a journalist. Very interesting and accurate.

 

Taste of Salt – Haiti Havent' read this one, but I'm finishing up Mountain Beyond Mountains right now and I highly recommend. Pultizer Prize winner.

Maria Chapdelaine - Canada

Never Cry Wolf – Canada

 

*Had to delete the tail end of your post b/c of the length, but I had no comments there.

 

HTH,

Lisa

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Thank you for all of your insight! I apreciate you taking the time to look through that long, long list and help me weed it out a bit! A few of the books that you said you wouldn't include in a "cultural geography" study were included because I am titling the course: "Introduction to World Cultures and Religions."

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God’s Smuggler

The Narrow Road : Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together

 

Same book - there's one you can take off your list!

Julie

 

LOL! Thanks for pointing that out, Julie! I think when I was trying to neaten up my list, I somehow hit "enter" and separated the title onto two different lines!

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LOL! Thanks for pointing that out, Julie! I think when I was trying to neaten up my list, I somehow hit "enter" and separated the title onto two different lines!

 

Well, it's two different editions of the same book, rather than one long title. God's Smuggler was the original title. The Narrow Road contains the same text but is jazzed up a bit with a CD song and different little stories and vignettes throughout the pages.

 

Excellent book(s).

 

HTH,

Julie

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If you have Netflix I suggest some videos to round out your readings. Michael Palin's Around the world Series is available. We have not watched that one yet, but last week we watched Himalaya and this week we are watching Sahara. These were great for getting beyond the tourism of the area and into the true culture. As with any video I suggest you preview for acceptability for your family.

 

IMO videos are a very important component to the study of geography and culture.

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That's a very long list! It makes me feel like a slacker. (I'm kidding. It's okay.)

 

I don't know a lot of the books on your list. But I can tell you what I'm planning for world geography for my son next year.

 

He'll be using the Holt World Geography Today text as a spine, because I bought it a couple of years ago for my daughter and it's still sitting on the shelf.

 

I also had six books here that I had intended for use in a world history course I'm not planning. (He'll be taking history with Florida Virtual School, instead.) So, I decided to sneak them into geography.

 

Here's the rough outline of what I'm planning, using the unit titles from the text:

 

Unit 1: The Geographer’s World

Unit 2: The United States and Canada

Unit 3: Middle and South America

Unit 4: Europe

Reading: The Wall (Berlin, 1989, wall comes down)

Unit 5: Russia and Northern Eurasia

Reading: Endless Steppe (Russia, WWII)

Unit 6: Southwest Asia

Unit 7: Africa

Reading: Waiting for the Rain (South Africa / Apartheid)

Unit 8: South Asia

Reading: Nectar in a Sieve (India, 1940s)

Unit 9: East and Southeast Asia

Reading: Year of Impossible Goodbyes (North Korea, 1940s)

Reading: Clay Marble (Cambodia, 1970s)

Unit 10: The Pacific World

 

I poked around online, too, looking for syllabi and ideas for high school geography courses. I found notes and lesson plans for several projects that look fun that I'd like to include.

 

And I'm making a list of movies and documentaries from the library and Netflix. So far, it's a short list, but I'm sure I'll think of more:

 

 

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

The Great Race

Around the World in 80 Days

Assorted Rick Steves travel DVDs

The whole world geography thing was something I just recently decided to add to his schedule for next year. So, I'm still working out the kinks.

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You've put together an excellent list and I'm going to bookmark it!

 

I created the following list to go along with BJU World Geography for a co-op. The goal is to complete a chapter of the text each week and read a related novel every other week. I know you're not using this text, but I thought it might be helpful anyway.... I'm also specifically trying to coordinate with books available on Sparknotes to use as a Lit resource, which may not match your goals.

 

Around the World in 80 Days

BJU: Finding our Place in the World

BJU: The Earth’s Surface and Climate

 

Brave New World or 1984 or similar

BJU: Industry: Man’s Use of God’s Resources

BJU: Society: The Interactions of Mankind

 

A Room with a View by EM Forster

BJU: Western Europe

BJU: Eastern Europe

 

Tolstoy Short Stories

BJU: Russia

BJU: Canada

 

Travels wih Charley by Steinbeck

BJU: Landscape and People of the US

BJU: Regions of the US

 

Through Gates of Splendor or Bruchko or Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway

BJU: Middle (Central) America

BJU: South America

 

Out of Africa by Dineson or Cry Beloved Country

BJU: Southern & Eastern Africa

BJU: Central & Western Africa

 

Antony & Cleopatra by Shakespeare?

BJU: Northern Africa (Egypt)

BJU: Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey, Cyprus, Syria)

 

1001 Arabian Nights

BJU: Persian Gulf

BJU: Caucasus & Central Asia

 

Passage to India by EM Forster or Theresa of Calcutta

BJU: South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc.)

BJU: East Asia (China, Korea & Japan)

 

The Good Earth? or Anna and the King

BJU: Southeast Asia (Indochina, Malay)

BJU: Australia & New Zealand

 

Torches of Joy

BJU: Oceania

BJU: The Last Frontiers (Antarctica, Oceans & Heavens)

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I poked around online, too, looking for syllabi and ideas for high school geography courses. I found notes and lesson plans for several projects that look fun that I'd like to include.

 

And I'm making a list of movies and documentaries from the library and Netflix. So far, it's a short list, but I'm sure I'll think of more:

 

 

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

The Great Race

Around the World in 80 Days

Assorted Rick Steves travel DVDs

 

 

 

Thanks so much for the input! I've noted the titles that you mentioned using....I'm hoping to narrow down my list to the "best" 2-3 books per unit, have 1-2 books per unit that we discuss deeply and/or write a paper on, and then have a few other books available for my dd to be able to read casually. She's an avid reader. I should also mention that we are planning to take almost 3 semesters to cover this amount of material. We are doing this in place of a traditional history credit.

 

Do you have any links saved regarding the syllabi or projects that you mentioned? Those are the areas that I need the most "help" in finding age-appropriate materials and ideas!

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I'm also specifically trying to coordinate with books available on Sparknotes to use as a Lit resource, which may not match your goals.

 

 

Can you tell me more about Sparknotes? What is it? I'm not familiar with it, but am always looking for lit resources!

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Thanks so much for the input! I've noted the titles that you mentioned using....I'm hoping to narrow down my list to the "best" 2-3 books per unit, have 1-2 books per unit that we discuss deeply and/or write a paper on, and then have a few other books available for my dd to be able to read casually. She's an avid reader. I should also mention that we are planning to take almost 3 semesters to cover this amount of material. We are doing this in place of a traditional history credit.

 

Do you have any links saved regarding the syllabi or projects that you mentioned? Those are the areas that I need the most "help" in finding age-appropriate materials and ideas!

 

 

Mostly, I save things as Word files when I find something interesting. But here are links to a couple of the syllabi I found helpful:

 

http://www.bishopmoore.org/7322_7047132614/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=56279

 

http://www.sad42.k12.me.us/files/course_syllabi/geography.pdf

 

And here are links to a few of the project ideas I thought looked good:

 

http://teacherweb.ftl.pinecrest.edu/SNYDERD/aphg/projects/Ferris%20Bueller/ferristhemes.htm

http://teacherweb.ftl.pinecrest.edu/SNYDERD/aphg/projects/Global%20Mosaic.htm

http://teacherweb.ftl.pinecrest.edu/snyderd/APHG/projects/Tour.htm

http://teacherweb.ftl.pinecrest.edu/snyderd/APHG/projects/Hotel%20Rwanda/genocide.htm

I hope that's helpful!

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Can you tell me more about Sparknotes? What is it? I'm not familiar with it, but am always looking for lit resources!

 

Here's a link to sparknotes. You can search by author or title:

 

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/index_author_f.html

 

Each book includes the following resources:

 

Context

Plot Overview

Character List

Analysis of Major Characters

Themes, Motifs & Symbols

Summary & Analysis

Important Quotations Explained

Key Facts

Study Questions & Essay Topics

Quiz

Suggestions for Further Reading

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