Thursday, March 13, 2014

1930's Rhetoric Resources

Several have asked about my booklists and I'm always happy to share!  Despite the curriculum, if we are teaching classically, then our book lists will have some similarities, since classical educators base their studies off the Great Books List and primary source documents.  However the secondary texts might look a bit different.

For our 1930's Rhetoric studies, we read the following.  Note: If the resource was completely about the 1930's then we read all of it.  From other books we read the portions pertaining to the 1930's. Of course I have included literature, worldview, and government, because all of these interact with history.  Together they give a greater depth to understanding the era.

To the Best of My Ability by James McPherson

The Century-History Channel
Only Yesterday-

The Age of Anxiety- (Written for AP classes.)

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Yeager by Chuck Yeager

Moonwalker by Charlie Duke

It Doesn't Take a Hero-Norman Schwarzkopf

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America by Jeffrey Rosen

For my own research I read Winston Churchill's The Gathering Storm, then shared key points during lecture.  Churchill constantly warned Parliament that Hitler was a threat, even as early as 1934.  Churchill shares in great detail how the Europeans disarmed to appease Hitler, whereas Hitler armed en masse.  Churchill shares the thinking of the times, including the utter befuddlement that no one took him seriously, until it was too late to prevrent another world war.

Because of the sheer volume of pages my son read, along with his pre-calculus, Latin, and Physics II studies, Awana club commitment, etc, I reduced the reading load on The Cost of Discipleship.  I had him read the intro which includes a short biography on Bonhoeffer, and the first chapter about cheap grace v costly grace.  This was enough to give him the gist of who Bonhoeffer was and to inspire him to read he 600+page biography that is listed above.) I'm hoping that my son will finish reading The Cost of Discipleship in the future.  As classical educators, we won't have time to have our kids read everything. However we can hope to inspire them to a lifetime of reading and being positively influenced by great books!         

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