Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Levi’s High School Course Descriptions ~ 9th Grade [and a complete high school plan]

High School Plans @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

I’ve been working on mapping out Levi’s high school courses and schedule. (Though we are not bound by credit requirements for our homeschool transcripts, I’ve used these Oregon requirements as well as the requirements from our local public high school as general guides.) Levi has no specific post high school plans at this time. We will consider a gap year before any college plans.

[You’ll notice that his courses are reading-heavy. Levi is a strong reader and enjoys discussion and content-based learning, but his struggles in other areas balance out his hefty reading list. I promise.]

Levi is participating in the Classical Conversations Challenge program, in addition to a few other courses. I’ve tried to indicate what courses are CC specific, and I’ve put any additions I’ve made to the CC course specifics in parentheses.

Shakespeare/Drama [CC]
1/2 credit (Language Arts - Elective)
Dramatic radio reading and discussion of play; Oral presentation on topic relating to Shakespeare
Shakespeare presentation (memorization of three monologues--comedy, tragedy, history)
(Attend plays [The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet])

Music Theory [CC]
1/2 credit (Fine Arts - Elective)
Introduction to music theory, including reading and analyzing a musical score
Math in Motion
Score Analysis Project

Latin [CC]
1 credit (Language – Required)
Includes basic parts of speech, verb tenses, translations, and Roman history
Henle I
National Latin Exam (Intro)

American Literature and Composition [CC]
1 credit (Honors Language Arts – Required)
Read texts, discuss and analyze literature, writing assignments (persuasive and comparison essays)
The Lost Tools of Writing [persuasive essays]
CC Literature, Poetry, Speeches, Essays, Autobiographies, and Sermons [unabridged texts]:

  • The Sign of the Beaver (Elizabeth Speare)
  • The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  • Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes)
  • The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)
  • The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • Gold-Bug and Other Tales (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Billy Budd, Sailor (Herman Melville)
  • Through Gates of Splendor (Elisabeth Elliot)
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
  • Harvey (Mary Chase)
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • Born Again (Charles Colson)
  • Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass)
  • The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  • Self-Reliance (Ralph W. Emerson)
  • Walden: Or, Life in the Woods (Henry David Thoreau)
  • Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein)
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl (Louisa May Alcott)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth Speare)
  • Short Stories, Poetry, Sermons, Documents, and Speeches

Additional Novels:

  • Pudd’nhead Wilson (Mark Twain)
  • Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Twain)
  • The Prince and the Pauper (Twain)
  • The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
  • Peace Like a River (Leif Enger)
  • The Lonesome Gods (Louis L’Amour)
  • Little Britches (series, Ralph Moody)
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Ender’s Game
  • The Giver Quartet
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Moby Dick (retelling or abridged)
  • Education of a Wandering Man (Louis L’Amour)
  • The Wild Muir
  • Various American drama selections

[The above is an abreviated list. See this link for the full list in chronological order with brief descriptions and links.]

Good Books II: Tolkien [Roman Roads]
1/2 credit (Language Arts – Elective)
Weekly online live class discussion
Weekly online written discussion

Algebra I [CC]
1 credit (Math – Required)
[He participates in math discussions and presentations in his CC class but uses Khan Academy at home rather than the CC recommended Saxon.]
Khan Academy Algebra I
(Life of Fred)

American Government [CC]
1/2 credit (Social Studies – Required)
Read, annotate, and summarize original government documents, essays, and speeches; discuss historical significance; oral presentations
American Documents
Memorization [U.S. Presidents, Preamble to the Constitution, Outline of Bill of Rights]
Speech memorization/recitation [Individual Event] (“Spirit of Liberty” by Judge Learned Hand)
Timeline notebook
(Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video series)
(U.S. Citizenship Civics Exam)

Economics [CC]
1/2 credit (Social Studies – Required)
Read texts, discuss current economic policy, oral presentations
Cost of Living Project
Stock Market Project

(Life of Fred: Financial Choices)
(Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Economics)
(Crash Course Economics Videos)

Policy Debate [CC]
1/2 credit (Language Arts – Elective)
Study basic elements of policy debate; Conduct research for resolutions and participate in live debates
An Introduction to Policy Debate by Christy L. Shipe
Two formal debates [Death Penalty—affirmative team, Immigration Policy—negative team]

Physical Science [CC]
1 credit (Lab Science – Required)
Read text, discussion, demonstration/experimentation labs, text assignments, unit tests, lab journal, formal lab reports
Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Apologia
(Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Physics)
[research paper for health credit]
Additional reading (not scheduled through CC)

Teen Pact Leadership [TeenPact]
1/2 credit (Leadership - Elective)

4-day leadership camp at state capitol
Homework: send letters to state senator and representative, memorize bible verses, vocabulary, write a one-page bill, state political fact sheet, read or listen to governor’s most recent State of the State Address and take notes, complete a bill analysis worksheet, constitutional analysis
(Leadership TED Talks)

Swim Team [High School Team/YMCA]
1 credit (Physical Education – Required)

Health [Various]
1/2 credit (Health – Required)
Lifeguarding Certification Class (CPR, First Aid)
Khan Academy videos: Drugs, Infectious Diseases 
Crash Course Anatomy and Physiology videos
Research Paper (Exercise and the Brain):

Food and Nutrition:

Total: 9 Credits


Formal Protocol Event (with the local Classical Conversations Challenge students)

Driver’s Education

Additional Reading List:

Lifeguarding (summer job)

Volunteering at student camp(s) during CC Parent Practicum(s) and vacation bible school


Tentative Plan for the Remainder of High School:

10th Grade [CC Challenge II]

Henle Latin 2 [CC]
1 credit (Language – Required)

British Literature and Composition [CC]
1 credit (Honors Language Arts – Required)
Socratic dialogue, persuasive essay writing
CC Novels:

  • Beowulf
  • Selected Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Retold by J.L. Weston)
  • Paradise Lost (Milton)
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan)
  • Gulliver’s Travels (Swift)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  • Jane Eyre (Bronte)
  • Animal Farm (Orwell)
  • A Passage to India (Forster)
  • Something Beautiful for God (Muggeridge)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll)
  • Robinson Crusoe (DeFoe)
  • Favorite Father Brown Stories (Chesterton)
  • Out of the Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis)
  • The Hobbit (Tolkien)
  • The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)
  • Short Stories

Additional British Literature:

  • Far From the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
  • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  • Lorna Doone (Blackmore)
  • Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)
  • North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
  • The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
  • Lord of the Flies (Golding)
  • Three Men in a Boat (Jerome)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Lewis Stevenson)
  • And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband (Oscar Wilde)
  • As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (Shakespeare)
  • All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)
  • The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
  • The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Adams)
  • Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur Clarke)
  • Kim and others (Rudyard Kipling)
  • The Once and Future King (T.H. White)
  • Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
  • Jeeves (Wodehouse)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Short Stories and Poetry

European Literature:

  • Don Quixote (abridged) (Cervantes)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (Hugo)
  • Les Miserables (Dumas)
  • The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  • Pinoccio (Collodi)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Wyss)
  • Russian novel selection

[I will be posting a final master list in chronological order with links at the beginning of the school year.]

Western Cultural History [CC]
1 credit (Social Studies - Required)
Artists and Composers
Historical Timeline
Research, exposition, and logic

Biology [CC]
1 credit (Lab Science – Required)
Exploring Creation with Biology by Apologia
[I’ll be adding to his reading list and possibly adjusting his work load with the text book.]
[Additional reading:

1 credit (Math – Required)
Khan Academy Geometry

Logic I [CC]
1/2 credit (Elective)
Traditional Logic I by Memoria Press

Socratic Dialogue [CC]
1/2 credit (Elective)

1/2 credit (Required)
(Social and mental Health)

  • Please Understand Me;
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People;
  • Peacemaker;
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Swim Team/YMCA
1 credit (Physical Education – Required)

Total: 7 1/2 Credits


11th Grade [CC Challenge III – tentatively]

Latin 3 (Caesar and Cicero) [CC] and/or Spanish
1 credit (Language)

  • Henle 3

Poetry and Shakespeare and Composition [CC]
1 credit (Language Arts – Required)

American History [CC]
1 credit (Social Studies – Required)

Chemistry [CC]
1 credit (Lab Science – Required)
Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Apologia
[We may cut way back on what is required with Apologia Chemistry through CC and supplement with the following living books and additional documentaries.]
[Additional Reading List:

Algebra II
1 credit (Math – Required)
Khan Academy Algebra II

Advanced Philosophy [CC]
1/2 credit (Elective)

Traditional Logic II and Socratic Dialogue [CC]
1/2 credit (Elective)

Swim Team/YMCA
1 credit (Physical Education/Elective)

Total: 7 Credits


12th Grade [CC Challenge IV – doubtfully]

He will have all his required credits so this will be a flexible year depending on his needs and desires. I’d love to have him go through Challenge 4, but he will likely choose something else. He may need to complete or retake a math or science class scheduled in previous years.

Latin Literature [CC] and/or Spanish
1 credit (Language)

  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • Henle 4

Ancient Literature and Composition) [CC]
1 credit (Language Arts)

World History [CC]
1 credit (Social Studies)

Theology [CC]
1 credit (Elective)

Swim Team

[Physics and Pre-Calculus are on the CC schedule, but he would likely opt out or complete/re-take a math or science course schedule in previous years.]

Additional Reading List:


kelli said...

I'm curious why you've chosen Khan Academy over Saxon, and how to integrate class time with Saxon with his learning base of Khan Academy. Please help a CC mama out... Thanks!

Heidi said...

That's a great question, Kelli. :) I shared more about switching to Khan at this post:

It's very usual in a CC Challenge class to have a wide range of math levels and programs represented. The tutors spend more time facilitating math conversations than presenting Saxon math lessons. My boys (in both ChA and Ch1) bring problems to share with the class, and whatever else is presented during seminar (by tutor or other students) is introduction, review, or just good math conversation practice. :) Math is math. Students should be able to talk about concepts, processes, laws, numbers, and operations regardless of what math curriculum they are using.

Rana said...

Thanks for sharing this Heidi. I have two starting 9th grade this year and I'm trying to put it all together. This gives me a few more ideas of what I want to do.

I wish I had been able to homeschool high school. My Lit classes would have looked similar to Levi's.

Dustin Mullenix said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is helpful for our planning as our oldest gets closer to high school.