|Ancient History and Literature is a one-year curriculum that integrates history, English, and Bible (3 full-year credits).
Ancient History and Literature includes lesson plans written to the student for parent-guided independent work. On Fridays, the student and parent have a conference to discuss the week's topics and review completed work. (read more)
Ancient History and Literature High School Package
Includes Bible, English, and History
- *Taking the Old Testament Challenge
- The Tabernacle (pamphlet)
- The New Answers Book
- *What on Earth am I Here For?
- Daniel Teen Inductive Bible Study (purchase one per additional student)
- Unwrapping the Pharaohs
- Literature and Composition Supplement (purchase one per additional student)
- The Epic of Gilgamesh (condensed version by Robert W. Watson)
- *The Cat of Bubastes (MP3 CD available separately)
- *Bulfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology
- *The Iliad (translated by Robert Fagles)
- *The Odyssey (translated by Robert Fagles) (Audio CD
- Eric Liddell (by Catherine Swift)
- Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
- Exploring World History (Notgrass 2014 edition; includes In Their Words)
- Exploring World History Student Review Pack
- Timeline Figures (Creation to Christ)
- Ancient History Timeline Book (purchase one per additional student)
- The Student Bible Atlas
|The Holy Bible is required but not included.
Journey through the Bible adds in-depth information and is required but not included.
*Families with more than one 9th-12th grader may want to purchase additional copies of starred books.
Our high school curriculum covers all needed language arts; no other supplementation is needed. However, if a student has not had formal grammar instruction, he should complete Applications of Grammar. If a student is weak in composition skills, he should complete Writing Strands Level 4.
To complete your curriculum, just add Science, Math, and Electives.
Consider a God's World News magazine subscription.When you use the MFW discount code, a donation is made to Bible translation.
Ancient History and Literature
||Ancient History and Old Testament
- 3 Full-Year Credits
- Verse-by-Verse Reading of the Old Testament
- Argumentative Essays
- Literature Analysis
- Detailed Timeline
is a one-year curriculum that integrates history, English, and Bible (3 full-year credits).
Ancient History and Literature lesson plans are written to the student for parent-guided independent work. On Fridays, the student and parent have a conference to discuss the week's topics and review completed work. There are 36 weeks of lessons, five days a week, with a somewhat lighter schedule on most Fridays. Parents assign grades based on informal discussions and daily written questions, vocabulary quizzes in the literature program, and essays for English and history. There are no formal tests for history, Bible, or literature. You will need to add science, math, and electives such as foreign language.
Bible and History
- Read through the entire Old Testament, applying its truths to your life with insightful questions from Taking the Old Testament Challenge. Parents, especially fathers, are encouraged to purchase their own copy of this book and complete the study to help in guiding a weekly discussion with their child, as well as for developing personal spiritual growth. Journey through the Bible adds in-depth information. Unwrapping the Pharaohs and The New Answers Book include archeological discoveries and apologetics related to the Bible and history being studied.
- Study history from Creation through the time of the Greeks. Assignments includes reading with comprehension questions, map work, and in-depth information about Creation and early man. Students also create a detailed timeline book. The Old Testament readings are a central focus of the history lessons and are integrated chronologically with the other history studies.
- Participate in service projects chosen and/or developed by the student and the parent-teacher.
- Develop composition skills with comprehensive lessons for writing essays.
- Enjoy and analyze (from a Christian perspective) literature written during or about the ancient period: the Bible, The Epic of Gilgamesh(condensed version), The Cat of Bubastes, Bulfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology, The Iliad, and The Odyssey. Vocabulary, grammar and comprehension and critical thinking questions included.
| This is the first year that I truly enjoyed doing my school. I feel like not only am I learning, but I also am growing closer to the Lord. Everyday I gained something that I could use in my daily life! Thank you guys so much for taking the time to perfect & create this curriculum.
--Taylor, age 15
We are using the high school ancients and love it! The writing portion of MFW high school is amazing.
We have been using the High School Ancient History and Literature for our 9th grader this year and WE LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you so much for putting this together.
My daughter is finishing her second month with the 9th grade curriculum and LOVES it! We are absolutely thrilled with it and when an MFW mom who's son is in the 8th grade recently asked me how we liked the high school curriculum, I was able to give her a glowing report.
MFW Homeschool Curriculum FAQs
How are Composition and Grammar included in High School?
In Year 1, Ancient History and Literature, composition focuses on the argumentative essay. The Ancient Literature Supplement with Grammar and Composition instructs students step-by-step how to write a strong five-paragraph argumentative essay. Five unique argumentative essays are written during the year to help students improve their skills. Detailed instruction explains how to write a thesis statement and format each of the five paragraphs. Grammar lessons related to this type of writing are included. These essays draw from what is being studied in Bible, English, and history to help students mature in their understanding and ownership of a Biblical worldview. One essay prompts the student to compare and contrast the gods' motivations and relationships in Bulfinch's Mythology to that of the Living God. As students think through and write this type of essay, they cannot help but grow in their understanding of their God. Students also create original psalms and complete less structured essays on history topics.
During Year 2, World History and Literature, a traditional research paper is written during the first ten weeks. This project includes research and bibliography note cards, footnotes, and a bibliography. The student also learns to write ten other types of compositions in response to literature read during the program. Writers INC provides instruction for the research paper and other assigned compositions, and serves as an excellent resource on language usage.
In Year 3, U.S. History to 1877, American literature is analyzed from a Biblical worldview using reading and writing assignments in the American Literature Supplement. The Progeny Press study guide for The Scarlet Letter also includes assigned essays. In addition, grammar review is included using Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11.
Year 4, US History 1877 to the Present, includes one semester of modern American literature and one semester of speech. Each classic novel read from this time period is analyzed using a book review included with the lesson plans. Completing a second research paper of also highly recommended.
Can I get the Daily Lesson Plans in an electronic format?
We do not have electronic files available for our lesson plan grids at this time. We are looking into ways that we may be able to make this possible.Our best suggestion is to photocopy the lesson plan grids for each of your children and write in the additional assignments.* We realize this is not the most convenient way. Thank you for your patience.
*Please remember that our copyright policy allows photocopying the daily lesson plans for your personal record keeping and/or state recording requirements when you commit not to sell, give, or loan the original Daily Lesson Plan Manual or any copies at any time.
Why Ancient History and Literature in High School?
While reviewing the sequence of the high school program, you may be asking, “Can my student skip Ancient History and Literature since it is not a state requirement for graduation?” Though not state-required, My Father’s World believes Ancient History and Literature is critical to a Biblical scope and sequence for high school. This program provides high school students with a solid foundation in Bible that includes reading the entire Old Testament. Integrating Old Testament readings with the study of ancient cultures and literature meets the greater goal of educating children with solid Christian beliefs, while achieving strong academic goals. Ancient History and Literature helps high school students embrace a strong Biblical worldview by developing analytical skills and spiritual maturity. Students will be faced with many thought provoking life issues including, “Will I live for my pleasure, or will I live for God’s glory?” Ancient History and Literature is important for all high school students, even those who have recently studied this time period. Don’t miss this great opportunity to give your children more of God’s heart for His people and His creation while preparing them for college or a career.
Does the high school program need to be completed in order?
Our high school program is a parent guided, independent study program, each year building upon the previous year, so we recommend studying the program in sequential order. The Bible and composition in Year 1, Ancient History and Literature, are a foundation for the Bible and composition in Year 2, World History and Literature. The Biblical worldview in Year 3, US History to 1877, is written for a more mature student and is better understood and processed by an older student (ages 16 or 17, and Year 4, U.S. History 1877 to the Present completes the United States history started in Year 3 as well as providing students with concepts and skills for spiritual growth, developing lifelong habits and practices.
For most students, Ancient History and Literature, will not be required for state graduation requirements. Nonetheless, My Father's World believes it is critical to the Biblical scope and sequence needed for high school students. Ancient History and Literature provides students with a solid foundation in Bible that includes reading the entire Old Testament verse by verse. Integrating the Old Testament readings with the study of ancient cultures and literature meets a greater goal of educating students with a solid Christian belief system while achieving an academically strong education. Ancient History and Literature will help students learn a strong Biblical worldview by developing analytical skills and spiritual maturity.
Why does My Father's World use The Purpose Driven Life in Ancient History and Literature?
We have seen opinions on both sides regarding The Purpose Driven Life. We do not want to defend or condemn Mr. Warren. Much of what is written on the Internet appears to be with great bias and little context. We do not completely agree with Rick Warren any more than we do with any author of the books used in our curriculum. The reality is that if we only read authors with whom we completely agree, there would be no books left for any of us to read other than the Bible! We consider the content of each book and the goal we are hoping to accomplish by reading the material. We are committed to our goals, not particular books or authors, and are willing to change a book when we find another book that better meets our goals. We will always teach a Biblical worldview and strive to encourage our children to live purposefully for God's kingdom.
We have chosen to include The Purpose Driven Life as one small part of the Bible program for Ancient History and Literature -- High School. During this year we read through the entire Old Testament verse by verse, using The Old Testament Challenge for daily application. We read Ken Ham's New Answers Book and Unwrapping the Pharaohs. We also include portions of David C. Cooks Journey through the Bible and do an inductive study of Daniel.
My Father's World develops new programs with the help of pilot families. These families provide feedback on each of the books included in a pilot program. Books only remain in the program when evaluations confirm that a book is helping students grow spiritually and academically. The feedback we received from students during the pilot program for Ancient History and Literature was overwhelmingly positive. The Purpose Drive Life challenges students to seek God's purpose for their lives. This is a small part of the overall Biblical challenge for the year -- do we live for our pleasures and glory or for the glory of the Lord?
If someone is uncomfortable using The Purpose Driven Life, they may substitute another book. John Piper's, Don't Waste Your Life has been suggested to us. As adults, we found its content excellent, but our teen pilot group, which included several strong readers, found the content too difficult to understand and implement in their daily lives. Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris has also been suggested. However, this book is used in U.S. History 1877 to the Present, Year 4 of our high school program.
Another suggestion is to use the book in question as an opportunity to teach the student discernment and critical thinking skills. If the parent and the student read the book together, they can identify the message of the book and discuss how that message fits with Scripture and a Biblical worldview.
We hope this helps you better understand our heart and our desire to help you as you raise children committed to living for the King!