High School

We must strive to educate in such a way that the intellect, which awakens at puberty, can then find its nourishment in the child’s own nature. If during the child’s earlier school years s/he has stored up an inner treasury of riches through imitation, through her deep feeling for the [beloved teacher’s] authority, and from the pictorial character of what she has been taught, then at puberty these inner riches can be transmuted into intellectual content. [The teen] will now be faced with the task of thinking what up until now he has willed and felt and we must take the very greatest care that this intellectual thinking does not appear too early. For a human being can only come to an experience of freedom if his or her intellectuality awakens from within of itself. But it must not awaken in poverty of soul.

-Rudolf Steiner

 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. THE INTENTION IS TO HAVE MORE CONTENT ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL AND MORE RESOURCES. BUT THAT WILL TAKE A BIT OF TIME! PLEASE REFER TO THE HIGH SCHOOL SUB FORUM OF THE CHRISTOPHERUS DISCUSSION FORUM FOR HELP, SUPPORT AND ADVICE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS.

 


 

We offer the following hoping to help people figure out high school  by showing what a course of study for history and for language arts might look like through high school. Our pilot 9th grade took place 2018/2019. At some point further classes will be announced.

Ninth Grade

Language Arts

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Cannery Row, John Steinbeck

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

My Antonia, Willa Cather

Short stories by Chopin, O Henry, London

Focus on elements of a novel, descriptive language and writing short and coherent reviews and a 2,500 word essay, vocabulary and grammar

(during the break between parts I and II in semester 2, independent study of drama using Christopherus Comedy & Tragedy)

History

Ancient Egypt, Sumaria/Chaldea, Ancient Greece and Rome, the beginnings of Islam, the Silk Road, the Fall of Rome and early Middle Ages in Europe

 

Tenth Grade

Language Arts

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Selections from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter

Various short stories (not sure which yet)

Improving short essays and writing various kinds of long essays

History

Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation in Europe

 

Eleventh Grade

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (maybe) (or maybe The Sun Also Rises—or maybe no Hemingway at all…)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

Short stories by Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, Grace Paley, Joyce Carol Oates

Poetry (I might offer a ‘main lesson’ on poetry for ages 16-19)

essays

History is focused on American history and World history through the 19 Century.

 

 

Twelfth Grade

Language Arts

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

This Census Taker or The City and the City, China Meiville

Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy

Half a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Night, Eli Wiesel

Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

Possibly something by Haruki Murakami

essays

Experimental short stories, especially South American magical realism

History

The 20th and 21st Centuries—the Politics of Chaos

Probable focus on Russia (USSR) and China.

An Assortment of Books for Ages 16–19

Daddy was a Numbers Runner, Louise Merryweather

Kracken, China Meiville

Seven Arrows, Hyemeyohsts Storm

Anna Karenina,  War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

A Lifetime of Peace: Essential Writing by and about Thich Nhat Hanh

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

Walden, Henry David Threau

The Stranger, Albert Camus

Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

For Whom the Bell Tolls,  A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

various short stories I.B. Singer

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

short stories by Ray Bradbury

I, Robot and all short stories and science writing by Isaac Asimov

Maus, Art Spiegelman

V for Vendetta, Alan Moore

USA, John dos Passos

The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

various titles by Terry Pratchett

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin

The Odyssey, Iliad and Aeneid

Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Ninth Grade:
Eighth grade teaching video

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For those considering next steps….


“I have collaborated with Donna in various editing roles over the last five years and have been impressed with her skills as a writer and editor. She has the rare capacity to see how a piece of writing could be improved allied with the interest in discovering what the author really wants to say, not converting the piece into something she would have written herself. She brought her talent to bear both in editing Perspectives,(English-language journal of the Christian Community, the church inspired by the work of R Steiner) and in a writing project I was completing, where her help was invaluable in bringing a vast amount of material and ideas into a readable form (see Tom Ravetz, The Incarnation)”

-Tom Ravetz, priest and regional coordinator of the Christian Community in Great Britain and Ireland

I just wanted to say that I really appreciate all that you’ve done for me. I feel like I’m a better writer thanks to you because you set the bar high for my work and always encouraged me. I loved the way you taught history by looking at the big picture and the similarities between the different cultures. I really learned a lot from that. I’m extremely grateful that you were my teacher this year, and I loved being in your class.

Thank you, Soumia H, Florida

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Come and join us on the Christopherus discussion forum. We have a sub-forum dedicated to high school where you can find support and advice from Donna as well as from other homeschoolers striving to bring an element of Waldorf to their homeschooled teens.

 

 

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