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Planning for Mariah - Grade 8

Mariah learns best by living books. We will be focusing on Mariah applying herself to her studies.


Didache's - Introduction to Catholicism x 3/week
Faith & Life x 1 Chapter/wk
Ignatius Study Bible - x 1/week, also memorise 1 verse/week
Spiritual - Read two saint's bio's or spiritual works per term, personal choice, from Home Library including A Philadelphia Catholic in King James' Court


Weekly narrations on each of Mariah's Readings of 'Inspirational' subjects. These are: Faith, science, history & geography.

Studied Dictation & Spelling
Spelling Wisdom
'Highschool' spelling list of difficult words.

Work on penmanship - optional as Mariah's handwriting is beautiful.

Grammar and Composition
English for Australian Schools - Ronald Ridout
*Daily grammar and composition session with Mum, will also cover essay writing using selections from our home library.

One major essay to be assigned on each of the following per term: Faith, literature, history and science. 

Creative Writing
One essay/blog post to be assigned fortnightly.

5 novels/term and book of short stories, some suggestion below, further list coming
Write 1 paper on novel of choice, see Composition.
*Mum will assign Essay Question

Literary Analysis
To discuss one of Mariah's novels per week using Adam Andrews' questions

Mariah has already read/listened to many Shakespeare plays.
Watch one play of choice on DVD per Term
Drama - Read A Man for All Seasons - Robert Bolt with Malachi

English Poetry - read, enjoy
Memorise/Recite - 1 poem/week

How To Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler 

Each term read at least two classic, saints, short stories and history books.
Suggestions include:
Fr Brown - GK Chesterton
A Long Way from Welcome - Echo Lewis
The Weka- Feather Cloak - Leo Madigan
The Rose Round - Meriol Trevor
They Loved to Laugh - Kathryn Worth
1000 Good Books List

Modern Times - Paul Johnson
20th Century History & Australian History
Main text - ??

History Reads

Age of Discovery - Synge
Australian Geographic

Current Affairs
Church (L'Osservatore Romano)
Catholic Answers Podcast
Secular -Emails; to discuss with Dad

Yaba - Constitution Education
Parliamentary Education Office
Essay due on Australian government, voting system ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Relativity and Quantum Mechanics: Principles of Modern Physics by Paul Fleisher
The Code Book for Young People: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, Crack It by Simon Singh
Galileo's Daughter, by Dava Sobel
A More Perfect Heaven & The Planets by Dava Sobel
A Briefer History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton Porter
My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George
Australian Nature Studies - JA Leach
Nature Walk


Technology Skills
Touch Typing
Be familiar with Word, Excel, powerpoint etc

Extra Curricula
Building Skills

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