Teaching high school History and Literature is easy with a program like Tapesty of Grace! This is our 6th year using this curriculum and I wouldn't dream of using anything else to teach History, Literature and Geography within the same time period with my two oldest, avid readers!
To begin with, the weekly reading choices are laid out for you in the Teacher's Guide. Choose which books you will use, and gather them together. (I frequently use the library or Amazon.com to get titles that are out of print at a very good price.) Then, break the assignments down into daily readings that fit with YOUR schedule. Copy the weekly discussion questions with corresponding maps and away you go!
Once your week is completed, sit down with your highschooler for a time of discussion over that week's reading. Don't worry about needing to read everything your children do. The Teacher's Notes have everything you need. (But, you may enjoy reading the literature selections too. Consider it continuing education!)
This year we are utilizing Year 3, my favorite, the 1800's!
High School History and Literature with Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Unit 1
For this unit, we wove our way through The French Revolution, Napoleon, Early Industrial Revolution, Reviewed the US Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, War of 1812, South America, Simon Bolivar, James Monroe and The Congress of Vienna.
Plus we got a taste of Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Verdi and Wagner while looking at Neo-Classical and Romantic artists.
History Book List:
Sightseers - Paris 1789
Spy for Liberty
Battle of Waterloo
Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier
The Gift of Music
Thomas Jefferson, Architect of Democracy
The Great Little Madison
The War of 1812
The Congress of Vienna
Literature Book List:
Romantic Poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Gordon, Byron)
The Mutiny on the Bounty
You'll want to check back in a few weeks for Unit 2. The boys are reading Les Misérables and enjoying it much more than Unit 1!