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Hi, I'm interested in seeing what books others are using for 9th grade-ish reading and/or lit. study.

If  you have a list of what you are using/planning to use, or links to lists, that would be great : )   

And if you have specific lit. study guides or methods you use I'd love to hear that as well.  Thanks!

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Hi, I'm interested in seeing what books others are using for 9th grade-ish reading and/or lit. study.

If you have a list of what you are using/planning to use, or links to lists, that would be great : )

And if you have specific lit. study guides or methods you use I'd love to hear that as well. Thanks!

We are planning on continuing with Build Your Library. They have the list of books on their website under level 9.

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So far this year dd has read the Iliad and the Odyssey with one of her co-op classes.  At home she has read Gilgamesh and we did some of the questions in Veritas Press's Omnibus (not sure which number).  Right now she is reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and we are using the literature guide by Memoria Press.  This spring she will probably be reading Canterbury Tales and using the Memoria Press literature guide too.


I try to tie my literature with what we are doing in history if possible.  This year we are doing ancient through renaissance in history so that has been our focus in literature.

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My 9th grader is reading The Aeneid and watching the lectures from Romans Road Media. He's also currently reading A Tale of Two Cities. We just finished Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and will begin A Merchant of Venice in 2018. Last year, Julius Caesar was a big hit.

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This year we have completed Illuminating Literature Where Worlds Collide- and have LOVED it.  We completed it in one semester, as we began in June.  We are also going to do BJU Fundamentals of Literature for our second semester (I received all of the BJU free when a Christian school closed).  He is also doing some reading in TGatB level 7 curriculum, but we just see this as a bonus.  I plan to continue with Illuminating Literature next year with the next set of books followed by Elements of Literature by BJU.  So we do one program that focuses on books followed by a program that is a textbook anthology/ him free reading any classics that he desires; this works because he is an avid reader.  I will do one or the other for my children who are not as literature focused.  


Why I love Illuminating Literature:


I feel that it gives me guidance in discussions/ evaluation of my student throughout the program.  It encourages activities with each book for part of the grading rubric.  It has online quizzing for simple comprehension.  It has vocabulary incorporated with the books. I like the varied book choices.

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My 9th grader is using Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings this year. He's reading the LOTR trilogy spread across the whole school year, and to go along with the included units he's also reading Iliad, Odyssey, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Macbeth, and a King Arthur.

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When my daughter was in 9th grade, it was her third year of homeschooling and her third year of a chronological study of history. 


In ninth grade, she studied the time period 1700 to 2000. 


Here are the resources (non-fiction, literature, videos and music) that we used.  This combines history and literature.   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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