Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blogging Out Loud for 11th Grade Plan

So, I'm in the process of planning 11th grade. I thought I had things figured out. The problem is I just keep second guessing myself. The last couple of years I knew what I wanted for Angel and this year, I keep changing my mind.  We used My Father's World for 9th and 10th grade with supplement. 

Angel much preferred the Beautiful Feet supplement I added last year.  So I thought I'd supplement again with BF this year, using BJU U.S. History as a spine.  There are so many great pieces of literature for this time period. I hate to pass that up.   I know we want Biblical worldview and I know she will spend the last 2 years of high school studying U.S. History with Government in 11th grade and Economics in 12th grade.

I own the following bold pieces of MFW U.S. History to 1877...

Daily Lesson Plans
Answer Key for U.S. History to 1877

Thinking Like a Christian
- Student Journal
- Teaching Textbook

Assumptions That Affect Our Lives
Growing Up Christian
Christian Character

US History BJU
- Student Text
- Student Activity
- Student Activity TE
- Tests
- Test Key

US. History Timeline

Under God
- Student Text
- Teacher's Guide
Never Before In History

American Literature Supplement
Early American Literature
Teacher's Guide for Early American Literature
Of Plymouth Plantation
Scarlet Letter Progeny Press Guide
Four Great American Classics
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
My Heart in His Hands
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

101 Great American Poems
Easy Grammar

In addition, I own Notgrass Government in place of Under God and Lightning Lit and Comp in place of  the MFW Literature.  Last year, we decided to do something a little different for the timeline, so I'm not worried about that. 

Lightening Lit covers the following...

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Angler by Washington Irving
Poems by William C. Bryant
Life of Frederick Douglass
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar A. Poe
The Scarlet Letter
Moby Dick
Poems by Henry W. Longfellow

As you can see it's very similar to MFW. So I'm trying to decide if I just piece it all together, which I think is doable with some work, or stick with MFW entirely for ease of planning. My time is very limited these days with the birth of Levi and I still need to figure out Riley and Ruben's plan.  In addition, I am concerned with the BJU U.S. History in that it doesn't spend a great deal of time on exploration which is an area Angel could use some time with.

I've also been toying with the idea of TruthQuest history guides  They have a three book series called Age of Revolution that covers U.S. History for upper grades.  I love the book lists and we own many of the titles.  This would help me supplement.  But I'm not crazy on the commentary within the guides.  

My brain feels like mush at this point.   Now that I have this typed out, I'm thinking maybe I should take a look at the MFW Daily Lesson Plan and go from there. What do you think?  What have you used for high school U.S. History?  I'm open to any feedback.

I should note, we also plan to use Math-U-See Geometry and Apologia Chemistry.   In addition, Angel will be studying  art, logic, and computer literacy.  


  1. It's interesting to see how someone is planning out high school - we did it a few years back with my oldest, but the next one (currently grade 6) learns entirely differently.

    It might be worth looking at Barb ('s older posts and see what she did for history for this grade. She always seems to have it pulled together better than I could.

  2. That was a great suggestion Eddie. I did check out Harmonyartmom and found some great tips on notebooking.

    It's so true that every kid is individual in their learning:) Blessings for your homeschool, Melissa