9th Grade Reading List - Omnibus III by Veritas Press

24 April 2012

Curriculum for my freshman: History, Language, Theology (incorporated )

My freshman will start this course soon in the fall, but it's never too early to start on a long reading list!!  I had to take a few hours to research these books and see what I have, what I can get on Kindle (for cheap or even free), and what I'll probably get from library or purchase...

Books with a  *Book  have already been read by my son on this particular list.

1st Term -Primary List

The Anti-Federalist Papers
Ralph Ketchum

The Federalist Papers
Alexander Hamilton (have)

Of Plymouth Plantation
William Bradford (need)

The Pilgrim’s Progress
John Bunyan (have) - Kindle

The Social Contract
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (have)

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens (have) - Kindle

1st Term -Secondary List 

Autobiography of Charles Finney
Charles Finney (have) -Kindle

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
John Foxe (have)

Benjamin Franklin Autobiography
Benjamin Franklin (have)

Mary Shelley (have) -Kindle

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen (have) -Kindle

Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain (have)

Gulliver’s Travels 
Jonathan Swift (have)

2nd Term -Primary List 

George Orwell (need)

Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings
Abraham Lincoln (have)

Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx (have) - Kindle

Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler (need)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Harriet Stowe (have) -Kindle

Reflections of the Revolution in France
Edmund Burke (have) - Kindle

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald (need)

2nd Term -Secondary List 

Animal Farm
George Orwell (have)

Killer Angels
Michael Shaara (need)

Post Modern Times
Gene Edward Veith, Jr. (need)

How Should We Live Then?
Francis Schaeffer (need)

The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway (need)

Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller (need)

Christianity and Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen (have) -Kindle

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Marlin Detweiler said...

We are glad that you are embarking on this journey with us. We trust that you and your child(ren) will be blessed by it.

While you are correct that many books that are studied are available online free or at minimal cost, it is important to realize that they are frequently not the original version or poor translations. This can have real dampening effect on the student's ability to understand, let alone enjoy the material.

God Speed to you. Don't hesitate to call us at 800-922-5082 if we an be of further service.

Marlin Detweiler
Veritas Press

Jessica Stemmerding said...

Thank you @Marlin Detweiler!! I did ask my son if he'll be comfortable reading on our e-reader, but he did mention that he prefers a book.

I will look first to see if our local library has the book we will need and/or we will purchase them.

Thank you so much!! We are super excited to receive the text and look around it for next year!!

molly said...

I am thinking about this class for my 8th grader this fall as well. I am wondering about what you think abut the sexual content and following discussion for 1984. I am feeling like this is a bit of a mature topic for 13. I would love to know what you think and how you will approach this.

Jessica Stemmerding said...

Well, my son is 14 and I personally have not read the book. That is why I wanted to get the book list up and then go over the books, before he does. 1984 is one of the books I must read this summer. I suppose, up front, it will depend of the maturity of the sexual context. If it is too much...then I will have to explain why he will have to skip over that... If it's a relationship that is not biblical...then that will be discussed as well.

Thanks for the heads up---It will have to be on the top of my reading list now...to get a feel for the material.

molly said...

Well, I went ahead and read 1984. I also read that section in the Omnibus text. Although i think their questions are good and I like the way they talk about a Biblical Worldview and put the reading in that context, I do not think it is age appropriate. I do not think a young boy, obviously not sexually active, can look at sex from a political or worldview perspective. I just do not see the benefit of a young man reading about experiences with prostitutes and such bringing about any good fruit. So, I think I am going to rethink Omnibus. Would love to know what you end up deciding as well.

Anonymous said...

Jessica, What do you think most helped your son to be prepared for Omnibus? I have always planned on using it in high school, but my seventh and sixth grade boys are no where close to that vocabulary/reading level. I've done Veritas history all the way through, but could never afford their literature guides. Instead, I did a lot of reading out loud. Maybe that's why they are not prepared. If you have a moment I'd be grateful for any insights. Thanks!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! Come back soon! Sincerely, Jessica

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