What assigned and alternate literature goes with Exploring World Geography?

Assigned Literature

The Exploring World Geography curriculum assigns the following twelve books.

Part 1

  • Know Why You Believe¬†by Paul Little (Units 1-2)
  • Blood Brothers¬†by Elias Chacour with David Hazard (Units 3-4)
  • Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story¬†by Patricia St. John (Units 5-7)
  • A Long Walk to Water¬†by Linda Sue Park (Unit 8)
  • The Day the World Stopped Turning¬†by Michael Morpurgo (Units 10-11)
  • Kidnapped¬†by Robert Louis Stevenson (Units 12-13)
  • Lost in the Barrens¬†by Farley Mowat (Units 14-15)

Part 2

  • Boys Without Names¬†by Kashmira Sheth (Units 16-17)
  • Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party¬†by Ying Chang Compestine (Units 18-19)
  • Ann Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma¬†by Sharon James (Units 20-21)
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs¬†by Sarah Orne Jewett (Units 24-25)
  • Tales from Silver Lands¬†by Charles Finger (Units 27-28)

Alternate Literature

If your student has already read some of the books above, or if you would simply prefer a different book, these are some alternate suggestions.

  • Memories Before and After the Sound of Music¬†by Agathe von Trapp. This autobiography¬†tells the real-life story of the Von Trapp¬†family, made famous in¬†The Sound of Music.
  • Red Scarf Girl¬†by Ji-li Jiang. This is very¬†similar to¬†Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. It is¬†a true story set during the Cultural Revolution¬†in Communist China.
  • Endurance¬†by Alfred Lansing. This tells¬†the full story of Ernest Shackleton‚Äôs voyage¬†to Antarctica on the¬†Endurance, which is the¬†subject of Lesson 74 in this curriculum.
  • Through Gates of Splendor¬†by Elisabeth Eliot.¬†This is the account of Jim Eliot (the author‚Äôs¬†husband) and other members of the mission¬†team who lost their lives attempting to reach¬†an unreached people group in Ecuador with¬†the gospel.
  • A Passion for the Impossible¬†by Miriam¬†Rockness. This is the biography of Lillian¬†Trotter, a nineteenth century missionary to¬†Algeria.

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