My Choices for Our 10th Grader using Year 2 of BiblioPlan: Medieval Times

by GfG on October 30, 2014 · 8 comments

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I switched to BiblioPlan for our family history and literature curriculum a few years ago.  We are doing Medieval, year two, this school year.  We are loving it.

I have shared several aspects of how I utilize BiblioPlan.

I promised (months ago, ahem…) to share our actual high school choices for this year.   So… here ya go, this is what Noah gets to read this year.  With commentary as to why I chose it. Just for kicks. Make sure you read the full post with more explanations about choosing and planning for high school.  It’s the teacher version.  This is the mom version.

Together, these two posts make the homeschooling mom version.

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My Choices for My High Schooler with BiblioPlan Year Two:

Quo Vadis    This just sounded great.  Interesting.  Battles.  And it has a movie he can watch later.   And it was free on Kindle.

The Confessions  Augustine is formative in Christian history so I wanted Noah to read this.  It would be a challenge, but good experience.  It was free on Kindle too. This selection met my desire for history, church history, and challenging reading.  He will thank me later.  Maybe much later, but still.

The Song of Roland   A classic that he wouldn’t read on his own.  Definitely challenging though.  It will be a stretch for him.

Canterbury Tales  A classic that has all kinds of interesting characters.  This book is a cultural reference I wanted him to know.  And it’s great writing.  I think he will like this one lots.

Sir Gwain and the Green Knight  Sounded adventurous and fun for a boy.  I think he will enjoy this take on tales of King Arthur from a different perspective.  I originally bought the new verse translation, but then I found our Tolkien has a version.  I got that instead since Noah is a Tolkien fan.

tolkien sir gawain green knight

Divine Comedy  Challenging reading.  Cultural icon in educated circles.  Fascinating dialogue.  I think this will be another challenge, but he will enjoy the writing.  I have never forgotten this piece. I will enjoy discussing aspects of this with my son.

Henry V  Man, I love Shakespeare.  Seriously  I admit that I like to see his work on stage more than I like to read it, though.  Chose this because my high schooler is a boy.  And because we can watch the movie later and I can’t wait for the St. Crispin’s Day Speech which is epic.  Noah loves it and I’d like him to read the entire work.

Travels of Marco Polo  I chose this because it was something I didn’t think he’d read on his own and it presents a biography of a influential man from his point of view.  The copy I chose may be difficult. It was $1.99 on Kindle.

MacBeth  Wanted lots of Shakespeare, but had to include other works this year, daggnabbit.  I had to narrow it down to two of The Bard’s.  MacBeth is one of my favorites, so I wanted that connection with Noah. I think he’ll love it.  He hasn’t seen the movie before so the story is new to him as opposed to Hamlet, which he has seen.  I bought the 99cent Kindle version.

Heroes of the Reformation  This piece was unusual and seemed a bit more light in writing style, but would present some great biographies from a time period/historical event of which I am very fond.   Spurgeon highly  recommended this book, so it was in.

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Here I Stand  I chose this beause I love me some Luther.  Seriously.  That line!  Oh!  It gets me.  Noah has read Luther already as a middle schooler, so this was a good upgrade.

Leonardo’s Notebook  This sounded interesting and unique.  Leonardo is one fascinating guy to study and I wanted Noah to read about him. I thought a unique book might be fun.  I may have bit off more than Noah can chew with this one.

How They Kept the Faith  This looked a  ligther read to place before two challenging selections, but still interesting and informative.  I love reading about the Huguenots and I hope Noah does too.  I also hope this book isn’t too “girly” for him.  We shall see.

Protestant Reformation Major Documents  I want to include original documents when I can and when I think my kiddo can handle them. I am a huge fan of the Reformation, so I chose this.   He probably won’t love this literature choice to pieces, but it’s not about that.  It’s about history and challenging his mind.

The British Josiah  This looked like a book I’d like to read about a man I know nothing about really. When a king is described as the “godly king of England”, who doesn’t want to learn that?

Only Glory Awaits Again, a book I would read.  And a Reformation martyr.  Gotta read.  Ligther book before he reads….

The Writings of John Calvin (parts 1, 2, 3 and 8)  We have Calvnist leanings, theologically (for those interested, I’m a 4 pointer), so I wanted him to read some Calvin.  No way was I going to ask him to read Institutes, so this was a good option.  And I already owned this book.

So, those are my choices and personal reasons for making them, within my previously stated guidelines (post on choosing for high school).  Noah is a tenth grader this year.

This is a lot.  My plan is to give him credit for honors English because of the literature load.  I always reserve the right to edit my selections as necessary.  I will also take notes on the books for future years of planning (aka: if he hates it, I’ll find out why).

How many of these choices have you read?


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Lisa March 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

I just found your blog today, while doing some research on using BiblioPlan! 😉 I’m just loving all your helpful posts on Biblioplan and why/how you use it. I’ve used a number of lit-based programs over the last number of years, becoming so frustrated trying to make them work…to the point of exhaustion and burnout. Finding Biblioplan has been an answer to prayer! 🙂

I wonder if I could ask you a few questions? I had already settled on a choice for my 10th graders literature course, and purchased it. Is it possible to do BP as a history/Bible credit only? How would I incorporate literature books without it becoming overwhelming? I also read that you include Omnibus readings for your high schoolers…..that interests me as well. If I didn’t already have Omnibus, how would I go about doing that? Perhaps buy the student text, scheduling readings where they fit in BP?

I’m sorry to bombard you with so many questions, as I know you’re a very busy mom. I’ve just been so very blessed by reading here, and would love your advice on this. Thanks and blessings!


GfG March 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

Hi, Lisa!
Interesting question, but probably many people wonder how to do this, so….

My thoughts:
Yes, if you do the Cool History Qs and maps (and all of the optional questions/assignments in them) paired with The Companion, I think you could give a history credit nicely. Maybe add a historical lit book once an eight weeks, to boost it a bit. You could decide which one, depending on the year of study.
I searched and waited to find an Omnibus used. It is a literature focused book though, so it may not work for you. I only use the chapters that match my student’s book.



Lisa March 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

It does help! Thank you very much! 😉


GfG March 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

Oh, and I would add 2-3 historical documentaries an eight weeks too. Just for further emphasis and wiggle zone on giving the credit. 😉


Lisa April 13, 2015 at 7:42 am

Thanks! 🙂

A bit of an update….I’m loving all the options for lit books within BP, and sent back my lit program, in favor of using the living lit/real books approach with BP. I’m wondering how you liked your year with these lit choices for your 10th grader? Would you choose them again? Did you use study guides for some of them?

I’m currently planning my lit choices now, and your posts have been a helpful blessing!! 😉

Suzanne April 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Hi! I have a 10th grade BOY who will be doing Year 2 next year! I’d LOVE an update on how your son did with these selections. I’m also curious to know if you used any of the literature study guides and, if so, for which books? Thank you for taking time to answer my questions. Your blog is a blessing!


GfG April 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

He liked his year. We didn’t do any study guides and I regret that. I wish I had done one on a Shakespeare, probably Henry V. I will make a note of that in my Master Copy.

I’m glad it’s a blessing. I sooo enjoy helping other homeschooling mamas.


GfG April 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

Yes, we have. It’s been a challenge, but good.

I’m you are happy. The lit choices really are primo.


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