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Does anyone have, or know of, a list of literature, videos, or other supplements to go along with HO 2 and 3?? I know some great lists have been circulated for volume one so I am hoping there's more out there. I was going to start looking things up but thought I'd ask before reinventing the wheel! Thanks. :)

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I'm not familiar with HO, so I'm not sure what years are covered in volumes 2 and three.


My daughter began homeschooling in 7th grade.  I planned a three year sweep through world history, and in seventh grade my daughter covered the time period up to 500AD.  


She used the following materials in 7th grade:



Selections from The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World by Charlotte Evans et al.


The Young People's Story of Our Heritage: The Ancient World, Pre-history to 500BC by V. M. Hillyer and E. G. Huey


The Young People's Story of Our Heritage: The Ancient World, 500BC to 500AD by V. M. Hillyer and E. G. Huey


A Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson


Cave of the Moving Shadows by Thomas Milstead


Spirit on the Wall by Ann O'Neal Garcia


Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


Pharaoh's Daughter by Julius Lester


Video:  David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering:   Pyramid


Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff


Dateline: Troy by Paul Fleischman


Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McClaren 


The Curse of King Tut by Patricia Netzley


The Golden Fleece by Padraic Colum


Escape from Egypt by Sonia Levitin


Troy by Adele Geras   


The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff


The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty


City of Gold and Other Stories from the Old Testament by Peter Dickinson


Gods and Goddesses by John Malam


The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin


Selections from  Cultural Atlas for Young People:  Ancient Greece by Anton Powell


Selections from Then and Now by Stefania and Dominic Perring


Selections from Usborne Book of Famous Lives


Selections from  Heroines by Rebecca Hazell


Selections from A Picturesque Tale of Progress, Volume 2 by Olive Beaupre Miller


The Story of the World, History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times by Susan W. Bauer


Niko: Sculptor's Apprentice by Isabelle Lawrence


How Would You Survive as an Ancient Greek? by Fiona Macdonald


Calliope Magazine: Taharqo


Calliope Magazine: Ancient Celts


Alexander the Great by Peter Chrisp


Video: Alexander the Great (The History Makers)


Men of Athens by Olivia Coolidge


Selections from Mathematicians are People, Too by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer


Science in Ancient Greece by Kathlyn Gay


Selections from A Day in Old Athens by William S. Davis


Your Travel Guide to Ancient Greece by Nancy Day


The Librarian who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky


The Emperor's Silent Army by Jane O'Connor


Selections from Ancient Japan by J. E. Kidder


Hannibal's Elephants by Alfred Powers


The Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber


Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome by Marissa Moss


Caesar's Gallic War by Olivia Coolidge


Selections from Ancient Inventions by Peter James and Nick Thorpe


Video:  Anthony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974)


Videos:  I, Claudius (Volumes 1-7)


Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster


City by David Macaulay


The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba


Video:  David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering:   Roman City


Song for a Dark Queen by Rosemary Sutcliff


Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield


Video:  Ancient Mysteries:  Pompeii, Buried Alive


The Capricorn Bracelet by Rosemary Sutcliff


The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff


Selections from Wonders of Ancient Chinese Science by Robert Silverberg


The White Stag by Kate Seredy


Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges


Selections from The Dark Ages by Tony Gregory


Lady Ch'iao Kuo:  Warrior of the South by Laurence Yep


The Dancing Bear by Peter Dickinson


Video:  Africa (Ancient Civilizations for Children)


The Cartoon History of the Universe II, From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome by Larry Gonick



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Here's the mega list of resources that my daughter used when she was in 8th grade (quite some moons ago).  Since she'd only begun homeschooling in 7th grade, she was on the second year of a three year sweep through world history and was studying the time period AD500 to AD 1700.  The list includes books, videos and music.  She was/is a speedy reader so she read many more books than others might.


Asterisked entries were used only in part.



Eighth Grade History Reading and Resource List


Dorling Kindersley History of the World edited by Plantagenet Somerset Fry **

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon  **

The Story of Mankind:  A Picturesque Tale of Progress by Olive Beaupre Miller **

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

The Man Who Loved Books by Jean Fritz

Across a Dark and Wild Sea by Don Brown

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

Brendan the Navigator by Jean Fritz

The Illustrated History of the World, Vol. 3, Rome and the Classical West by J. M. Roberts **

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – audio (Vol. 1)

The Brendan Voyage by Tim Severin **

Then and Now by Stefania and Dominic Perring **

I am Mordred by Nancy Springer

The Illustrated History of the World, Vol. 4, The Age of Diverging Traditions by J. M. Roberts **

Tusk and Stone by Malcolm Bosse

Muhammad by Demi

The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Real Middle Earth by Brian Bates **

The Middle Ages by Mike Corbishley **

Beowulf the Warrior  by Ian Serraillier

Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

The Collected Beowulf by Gareth Hinds

Maples in the Mist by Minfong Ho

Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde by Caroline Arnold

The Arabian Nights retold by Neil Philip

The Age of Chivalry edited by Merle Severy **

His Majesty’s Elephant by Judith Tarr

Charlemagne and the Early Middle Ages by Miriam Greenblatt

Prison Window, Jerusalem Blue by Bruce Clements

Norse Gods and Giants by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

The Real Vikings by Melvin and Gilda Berger

Medieval Knights by Trevor Cairns **

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle

The Story of Science:  Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim  **

The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle

Alfred the Great and the Saxons by Robin May

The Time Traveler Book of Viking Raiders by Anne Civardi and James Graham-Campbell

Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Song Dynasty by Scott Ingram

Hakon of Rogen’s Saga by Erik Haugaard

Early Explorers of North America by C. Keith Wilbur **

The Cartoon History of the Universe III by Larry Gonick

Fafnir by Bernard Evslin

The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder

1000 Years Ago on Planet Earth by Sneed Collard

The Legend of the Cid by Robert Goldston

Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield **

Shakespeare and MacBeth:  The Story Behind the Play by James Barter

Shakespeare’s MacBeth  (video)

William the Conqueror by Thomas B. Costain

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

A Travel Guide to Medieval Constantinople by James Barter

Robin Hood by Neil Philip

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg

Daily Life in the Middle Ages by Paul B. Newman **

Brother Cadfael videos: A Morbid Taste for Bones and Monk’s Hood

Tales of the Crusades by Olivia Coolidge

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Saladin by Diane Stanley

In a Dark Wood by Michael Cadnum

The Story of the Wise Men by Regine Pernoud and Canon Grivot

Canticles of Ecstasy (the music of Hildegard von Bingen) by Sequentia

The Magna Charta by James H. Daugherty

Marvels of Science by Kendall Haven **

The Road to Damietta by Scott O’Dell

Eyewitness Medieval Life by Andrew Langley

Music of the Gothic Era (The Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow)

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (video) (Wertmuller and Zeffirelli)

Book of the Lion by Michael Cadnum

Angkor:  Heart of an Asian Empire by Bruno Dagens **

Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe (video, BBC production)

Quest for a Maid by Frances Hendry

Castle by David Macaulay

The Ramsay Scallop by Frances Temple

Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen

Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed by Priscilla Galloway

The King’s Swift Rider by Mollie Hunter

Marco Polo:  To China and Back by Steven Otfinoski

Cathedral by David Macaulay

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer as retold by Geraldine McCaughrean

Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (read by Prunella Scales and Martin Starkie)**

Dog of the Bondi Castle by Lynn Hall

Harold the Herald by Dana Fradon

Traveling Man:  The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354 by James Rumford

The Inferno of Dante (cantos 1 – 5) translated by Robert Pinsky

Beckett (video, 1964)

The Lion in Winter (video, 1968)

A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman **

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E. L. Konigsburg

Rats, Bulls, and Flying Machines by Deborah Prum

The Passion of Joan of Arc (video, 1928, Carl Th. Dreyer)

1492:  Music from the Age of Discovery by The Waverly Consort 

The Cargo of the Madalena by Cynthia Harnett

1492:  The Year of the New World by Piero Ventura

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Great Painters by Piero Ventura **

Accidental Explorers by Rebecca Stefoff **

Greensleeves:  A Collection of English Lute Songs by Julianne Baird and Ronn McFarlane

Beware, Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer

The Sea King:  Sir Francis Drake and His Times by Albert Marrin

Elizabeth R:  The Lion’s Cub (video, BBC production, 1971)

Elizabeth (video, 1998, with Cate Blanchett)

Den of the White Fox by Lensey Namioka

From Coronado to Escalante:  The Explorers of the Spanish Southwest by John Miller Morris

Cantos 1 – 5 of Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves:  A retelling of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Book 1 by Roy Maynard

On the Banks of the Helicon:  Early Music of Scotland by the Baltimore Consort

The Inquisition (video, The History Channel, 1996)

The Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes (adapted by Leighton Barret)

The World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster **

The World of Lully by the Chicago Baroque Ensemble

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress retold by Gary D. Schmidt

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Dowland:  Ayres and Lute Lessons by the Deller Consort

Out of Many Waters by Jacqueline Dembar Greene

The Trial and Execution of Charles I by Leonard W. Cowie

Rembrandt by Ceciel de Bie and Martijn Leenen

The Reduced Shakespeare Company (video, Acorn Media, 2003)

Witch Child by Celia Rees

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery:  A Tale of Venice and Violins (audio)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (video, 2003)




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In 9th grade, we used a hodgepodge of materials when my daughter covered the time period 1700 to 2000. Here are the resources (non-fiction, literature, videos and music) that we used.   Be aware that we are fairly liberal so some materials might not suit all families.

World History the Easy Way, Volume 2 by Charles Frazee

American History the Easy Way by William Kellogg

World History Map Activities by Marvin Scott


Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin
George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen
Tomaso Albinoni – 12 Concerti a cinque Op. 5
Roots by Alex Haley (to p. 126)
Georg Philipp Telemann – Suite A Minor, 2 Double Concertos (Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields)
Amadeus (video)
"A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift
George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Sir Percy Hits Back by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Scarlet Pimpernel (three part video, BBC)
Carl Friedrich Abel – Symphonies Op. 10, numbers 1 – 6, La Stagione
Francesco Geminiani – 12 Concerti Grossi, I Musici
The Art of the Fugue by Bach, Emerson String Quartet
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Longitude (video, A&E)
C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower (set of 8 videos, A&E)
Lock, Stock, and Barrel by Donald Sobol
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, and 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastoral
"Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Cartouche (video)
Joseph Haydn – String Quartets, Op. 17, Nos. 1, 2, and 4, Kodaly Quartet
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (translated by Norman Denny)
The New Nation by Joy Hakim
A Tale of Two Cities (video)
Georges Bizet – Carmen Suites No. 1 and No. 2; L’Arlesienne Suites No. 1 and No. 2, Leonard Bernstein
Adolphe Adam – Giselle, conducted by Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 4 “Romanticâ€, conducted by Eugen Jochum, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy by Patrick O'Brian
Young Frankenstein (video)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (video with Kenneth Branagh)
Lily Afshar -- A Jug of Wine and Thou (Persian music)
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
Master and Commander (video)
Chamber Works by Women Composers, The Macalester Trio
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music by the Revels
"An Occurrence at the Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce
The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Stephen Foster’s Civil War Songs (sung by Linda Russell)

The Century for Young People by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster
Critical Thinking in United States History, Book Four, Spanish-American War to Vietnam War by Kevin O’Reilly
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Nutcracker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting
Winsor McCay: The Master Edition (The Sinking of the Lusitania)
Claude Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes, Jeux, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez conducting
The Battleship Potemkin (video)
“Broadway, Blues, and Truth†from RESPECT: A Century of Women in Music
Botchan by Soseki Natsume (translated by Umeji Sasaki)
Many Lives, Many Stories by Kathryn Abbott and Patricia Minter
Witness by Karen Hesse
Influenza 1918 (video from PBS)
New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Jelly Roll Morton
Antarctica by Walter Dean Myers
War Game by Michael Foreman
Mao Tse-Tung and His China by Albert Marrin
“The Butcher Boyâ€, “The Garage†and “Rough House†from The Best Arbuckle Keaton Collection (video)
Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero by James Cross Giblin
Inherit the Wind (video)
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
All Quiet on the Western Front (video)
The Depression and New Deal by Robert McElvaine
Cabaret (video)
Radio Comedy Classics: Jack Benny Program and Fred Allen Show
Surviving Hitler by Andrea Warren
Maus I and Maus II by Art Spiegelman
Rabbit-Proof Fence (video)
The Verse by the Side of the Road by Frank Ransome, Jr.
Elvis Presley title album
Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the Common Man (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein)
1940s House (video)
Diary of Anne Frank
North to Freedom by Anne Holm
Shane (video)
Frank Sinatra, Come Swing with Me
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi
Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics, Volume 8: Legends of Rock (video)
Beatles, Beatles for Sale
Atomic Café (video)
Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
“I Have a Dream†by Martin Luther King, Jr.
All the President's Men (video)
Forrest Gump (video)
Judy Collins, Whales and Nightingales
Hair (video)
The Vietnam War by Marilyn B. Young, John J. Fitzgerald and A. Tom Grunfeld
Singers and Songwriters, 1974-1975
Good Morning, Vietnam (video)
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley
The Mouse that Roared (video)
Abba, The Definitive Collection
W;t by Margaret Edson
W;t (video)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Fax from Sarajevo by Joe Kubert
U2, Achtung Baby
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich


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WOW! Replying so I can find this again when I need it. Anyone have a link to the Vol 1 resources? Not that Kareni's isn't comprehensive enough!

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