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Are you counting the days until the kids go back to school? Or maybe you are long past that point, and have a little yearning when you see the backpack-laden youngsters going past your window? Do you miss your school days? Just a bit? The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the allure of a new, blank notebook and, best of all, the promise of learning something new? If these feelings ring a bell, it’s your lucky day. We have put together a sample curriculum for you, chock full of books about Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmatic, and more. So, let’s all go back to school!

 

Class schedule: choose one from each period. Additional selections may be read for extra credit. 


9781633881488PERIOD ONE – MATH

A TOUR OF THE CALCULUS by David Berlinsky

THE CALL OF THE PRIMES: SURPRISING PATTERNS, PECULIAR PUZZLES, AND OTHER MARVELS OF MATHEMATICS by Owen O’Shea

A DOUBTER’S ALMANAC by Ethan Canin


PERIOD TWO – ENGLISH

THE DIALOGUES OF PLATO by Plato

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BEOWULF ON THE BEACH by Jack Murnighan

THE DIVINE COMEDY by Dante Alighieri

CHAUCER’S TALE: 1386 AND THE ROAD TO CANTERBURY by Paul Strohm

FILTHY SHAKESPEARE: SHAKESPEARE’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS SEXUAL PUNS by Pauline Kiernan

CHARLOTTE BRONTË by Claire Harman

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: A COLORING CLASSIC by Jane Austen and Chellie Carroll

THE COMPLETE STORIES OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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PERIOD THREE – SCIENCE: PHYSICS, BIOLOGY, BOTANY

SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS by Carlo Rovelli

INSTANT BIOLOGY by Boyce Rensenberger

BOTANY OF DESIRE by Michael Pollan

WOMEN IN SCIENCE: 50 FEARLESS PIONEERS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Rachel Ignotofsky

LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren

 

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PERIOD FOUR – GYM

THE MOBILITY WORKOUT HANDBOOK by William Smith et al

BORN TO RUN: A HIDDEN TRIBE, SUPERATHLETES, AND THE GREATEST RACE THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN by Christopher McDougall

THE HIKE by Drew Magary

 

PERIOD FIVE – ART

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DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN by Betty Edwards

COLOR: A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PALLETTE by Victoria Finlay

LOOKING AT MINDFULNESS: 25 PAINTINGS TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU LIVE by Christopher Andre

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?: THE SURPRISING, SHOCKING, AND SOMETIMES STRANGE STORY OF 150 YEARS OF MODERN ART by Will Gompertz

WAYS OF SEEING by John Berger

 

9780804186414LUNCH – FREE PERIOD

A SUPER UPSETTING COOKBOOK ABOUT SANDWICHES by William Wegman

EFFORTLESS BENTO by Shufu-no-Tomo

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE by Fannie Flagg

FOOD RULES: AN EATER’S MANIFESTO by Michael Pollan

DELICIOUS! by Ruth Reichl

KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST by J. Ryan Stradal

 

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PERIOD SIX – GEOGRAPHY

GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD by DK

EIGHTY DAYS: NELLIE BLY AND ELIZABETH BISLAND’S HISTORY-MAKING RACE AROUND THE WORLD by Matthew Goodman

REFERENCE WORLD ATLAS by DK

GEOGRAPHY: A VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA by DK

 

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PERIOD SEVEN – SOCIOLOGY

THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS by Thorstein Veblen

BOOK OF PEOPLES OF THE WORLD: A GUIDE TO CULTURES by Wade Davis

THE WORLD AS 100 PEOPLE: A VISUAL GUIDE TO 7 BILLION HUMANS by Aileen Lord

THE SOCIOLOGY BOOK by DK

 

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PERIOD EIGHT – AMERICAN HISTORY

A IS FOR AMERICAN by Jill Lepore

NAMES ON THE LAND by George R. Stewart

VALIANT AMBITION: GEORGE WASHINGTON, BENEDICT ARNOLD, AND THE FATE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Nathaniel Philbrick

1491: NEW REVELATIONS OF THE AMERICAS BEFORE COLUMBUS by Charles C. Mann

 

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PERIOD NINE – WORLD HISTORY

A DISTANT MIRROR by Barbara Tuchman

THE DISCOVERERS by Daniel Boorstin

THE PENGUIN HISTORY OF THE WORLD by J. M. RobertsNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ALMANAC OF WORLD HISTORY, 3RD EDITION by Patricia S. Daniels and Stephen G. Hyslop

HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 1,000 OBJECTS by DK

A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson

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