Revised 36-Week Schedule Matched to The Story of the World, Vol. 4

Classical House of Learning Literature:  The Modern Age

36-Week Course Outline and Corresponding Chapters from The Story of the World, Vol. 4

In this course outline, I’ve matched literature selections to chapters from The Story of the World, Volume 4 (SOTW 4) by Susan Wise Bauer.  This means that the reading list does not exactly follow the order of the reading lists in The Well-Trained Mind 3rd Edition.  Classical House of Learning Literature does include all of the works on the reading lists in The Well-Trained Mind for Grammar and Logic Stage students.  I have also included additional selections, where appropriate.

UNIT ONE (Weeks 1 – 9)

Lesson 1: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Week 1)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 1: Britain’s Empire
Literary Terms simile

idioms

point of view

first-person narrative

vocabulary words

point of view

first-person narrative

vocabulary words

Literature & Poetry The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

“The Speckled Band” and

“The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1853260339;

Optional:

Stories to Solve by George Shannon and Peter Sis

0380732602

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

0812966066

Optional:

Stories to Solve by George Shannon and Peter Sis

0380732602

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

0142404152

Lesson 2: Frances Hodgson Burnett, Robert Bolt, and Oscar Wilde   (Weeks 2 – 3)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 2: West Against East and Ch. 3: British Invasions
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry A Little Princess (adaptation)

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss  ISBN 0064432106  (Picture Book)

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting  ISBN 0152023720  (Picture Book)

A Man for All Seasons

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 0380012774

The Secret Garden

Lesson 3:  Johanna Spyri, Edward Hale, and Carlo Collodi (Week 4)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch.4: Resurrection and Rebellion
Literary Terms Setting

adjectives

Literature & Poetry Heidi (adaptation) by Johanna Spyri 1402736916 The Man Without a Country by Edward E. Hale 1406917893 Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1933327006

Lesson 4: Margaret Mitchell, Louisa May Alcott, Andrew Lang and the Civil War Through Thomas Edison (Weeks 5 – 7)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch.5: The American Civil War, Ch. 6: Two Tries for Freedom, Ch. 7: Two Empires, Three Republics, and One Kingdom, and Ch. 8: Becoming Modern
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry Pink and Say

Henry’s Freedom Box

Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (selected)

The Underground Railroad: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur 1429611839

The Last Safe House

The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

1416548947

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lesson 5: Jack London and L. M. Montgomery (Weeks 8 – 9)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch.9: Two More Empires, Two Rebellions and Ch. 10: A Canal to the East and a Very Dry Desert
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry The Glorious Flight

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Anne of Green Gables

By L. M. Montgomery

UNIT TWO (Weeks 10 – 18)

Lesson 6:  Robert Louis Stevenson (Weeks 10 – 11)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch.11: The Far Parts of the World, Ch. 12: Unhappy Unions, and Ch. 13: The Old-Fashioned Emperor and the Red Sultan
Literary Terms metaphor

simile

idioms

rhyme

vocabulary words

Stanza

rhyme scheme

rhyme meter

idiom

couplet

personification

metaphor

simile

vocabulary words

metaphor

simile

euphemisms

vocabulary words

Literature & Poetry Block City illus. by Daniel Kirk 0689869649;

The Little Land illus. by Kim Fernandes 1553377656;

My Shadow illus. by Glenna Lang 1567921086;

The Moon illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson 0374350469

Note: You may choose to substitute an illustrated A Child’s Garden of Verses for these picture books.

A Child’s Garden of Verses illus. by Tasha Tudor 0689823827:

“Block City”

“The Little Land”

“My Shadow”

“The Moon”;

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

0486410269

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

0753453800

Lesson 7:  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost, and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Weeks 12 – 13)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch.14: Two Czars and Two Emperors, Ch. 15: Small Countries with Large Invaders, and Ch. 16: The Expanding United States
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Longfellow

“The Song of Hiawatha” by Longfellow

“The Children’s Hour” by Longfellow

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Frost

“The Road Not Taken” by Frost

“Fire and Ice” by Frost

“Paul Revere’s Ride”

“The Song of Hiawatha”

“The Children’s Hour”

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

“The Road Not Taken”

“Fire and Ice”

Little House on the Prairie

Lesson 8: Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter, and Agatha Christie (Weeks 14 – 15)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 17: China’s Troubles, Ch. 18: Europe and the Countries Just East, and Ch. 19: China, Vietnam, and France
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

Beatrix otter: The Complete Tales (selected)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Lesson 9:  H. G. Wells (Week 16)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 20: Revolutions in the Americas…War In the World
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry The Time Machine (adaptation) by H. G. Wells The Time Machine by H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Lesson 10: John Ciardi and George Orwell (Week 17)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 21: A Revolution Begins, and the Great War Ends
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry John Ciardi poems Animal Farm by George Orwell The White Mountains by John Christopher

Lesson 11: Review Units 1 & 2 (Week 18)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Review Ch. 1 – 21
Literary Terms Review terms. Review terms. Review terms.
Literature & Poetry Review works and authors. Review works and authors. Review works and authors.

UNIT THREE (Weeks 19 – 27)

Lesson 12: Rudyard Kipling (Weeks 19 – 20)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 22: National Uprisings, Ch. 23: “Peace” and a Man of War, and Ch. 24: The King and Il Duce
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling  0060587857

Biancabella and Other Fairy Tales by Anne Macdonell  0486416615

The Jungle Book by Kipling

Just-So Stories by Kipling

Lesson 13: O. Henry, Walter de la Mare, and G. K. Chesterton (Weeks 21 – 23)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 25: Armies in China, Ch. 26: The Great Crash, and What Came of It, and Ch. 27: Civil War and Invasion
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry  ISBN 0763635308

Encyclopedia Brown

Poems by de la Mare

The Gif t of the Magi and Other Short Stories by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)  ISBN 0486270610

Poems by de la Mare

Father Brown

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner  1585675865

Little Britches by Ralph Moody  0803281781

Lesson 14: World War Two and Arthur Miller (Weeks 24 – 25)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 28: The Second World War and Ch. 29: The End of World War II
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry Anne Frank: Life in Hiding by Johann Hurwitz  0380732548

The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco 0142413062

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom  0800794052

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr  0142401137

Lesson 20: J. M. Barrie, Carl Sandburg, and George Bernard Shaw (Weeks 26 – 27)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 30: Partitioned Countries, Ch. 31: Western Bullies and American Money, and Ch. 32: Africa and China After World War II
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry Poems by Carl Sandburg

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

The Zax by Dr. Seuss

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie  0765308096

UNIT FOUR (Weeks 28 – 36)

Lesson 21:  T. S. Eliot and Dorothy Sayers (Weeks 28 – 29)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 33: Communism in Asia, Ch. 34: Dictators in South America and Africa, and Ch. 35: The Cold War
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes  0375801537

Strong Poison

by Dorothy Sayers  0061043508

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverly Naidoo  0060508019

The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit 0312369824

Lesson 22:  Langston Hughes and Baroness Orczy (Weeks 30 – 31)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 36: Struggles and Assassinations and Ch. 37: Two Short Wars and One Long One
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry Poems by Langston Hughes

The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Wall by Eve Bunting  0395629772

The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland 0152014837

Poems by Langston Hughes

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord  0064401758

Lesson 23: Marjorie Kennan Rawling, and C. S. Lewis (Weeks 32 – 33)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 38: Two Ways of Fighting, Ch. 39: The 1980s in the East and the Mideast, and Ch. 40: The 1980s in the USSR
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden  0312380038 The Yearling by Marjorie Kennan Rawling  0020449313 The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

Lesson 24:  The End of the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Week 34 – 35)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Ch. 41: Communism Crumbles and Ch. 42: The End of the Twentieth Century
Literary Terms
Literature & Poetry The Balloon Sailors by Diane Swanson  1550378090

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card  0765342294 The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau  0375822747

Lesson 25: Review Units 3 & 4 and Assessment (Week 36)

Grammar Logic Family
SOTW 4 Review Ch. 22 – 42; Assessment for Ch. 1 – 42
Literary Terms Review & Assessment Review & Assessment Review & Assessment
Literature & Poetry Review & Assessment Review & Assessment Review & Assessment

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I've been homeschooling since 2005. I have six children (born 2000 - 2012). We are eclectic in our approach with a bit more Well-Trained Mind philosophy over anything else.
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3 Responses to Revised 36-Week Schedule Matched to The Story of the World, Vol. 4

  1. Pingback: Preview of Lessons 1 – 6 (Weeks 1 – 9) « Classical House of Learning

  2. Shana Tritsch says:

    The schedule looks great! I can’t wait til you do Ancients.

  3. Pingback: Updated Samples in the New Format « Classical House of Learning

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