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Dialectic Stage History: Grades 7-9

Option 1: CCH’s History of Western Civilization Units
This option utilizes the history through literature plan described in Christine Miller’s History in the Dialectic Stage article, of chronology, literature, and biography, intended to further develop a Biblical worldview in our children, and to encourage true learning and thinking in them through the use of real books rather than textbooks.

Option 2: ETS Great Books Tutorials
Escondido Tutorial Service provides an education in the history, literature, and philosophy of Western Civilization rolled into one class, the Great Books Tutorials, beginning in the 8th grade. While a parent using this option will not follow the precise scope and sequence outlined at CCH for the secondary stages, a child will nevertheless receive an excellent classical education.

Option 3: Schola Classical Tutorials Great Books Tutorials
Schola Classical Tutorials provides an education in the history, literature, and philosophy of Western Civilization rolled into one class, the Great Books Tutorials, beginning in the 9th grade. While a parent using this option will not follow the precise scope and sequence outlined at CCH for the secondary stages, a child will nevertheless receive an excellent classical education.

Option 4: Spielvogel’s History of Western Civilization
Yes, this option utilizes history textbooks, which we do not use for anything other than reference around here. Speilvogel’s texts are, however, the best we have found, and include extensive quotations from primary sources. Please realize that a child’s education will be truncated by reading only a text rather than the real histories offered in CCH’s History of Western Civilization Units, and realizing that, this option is offered for those parents who would like to perhaps use the texts as a base and add in the real books according to personal dictates.


Option 1: CCH’s History of Western Civilization Units

In the dialectic stage, our children will again go through the history of Western Civilization, focusing on the whys and hows of history, and comparing the pivotal events and persons encountered with Biblical absolutes. A child who has not completed a study of the history or literature of Western Civilization in the grammar stage will need to utilize the recommendations from Preparation for a Great Books Study to become familiar with the facts of history, before beginning this option. This option was designed with the children that have completed CCH’s history and literature units for the grammar stage in mind.

7th Grade: The Ancient and Classical World
8th Grade: The Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformed World
9th Grade: The American and Modern World

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Option 2: ETS Great Books Tutorials

Escondido Tutorial Service provides a complete education in the history, literature, and philosophy of Western Civilization rolled into one class, the Great Books Tutorials, beginning in the 8th grade. While a parent using this option will not follow the precise scope and sequence outlined at CCH for the secondary stages, a child will nevertheless receive an excellent classical education.

7th Grade: Preparation for a Great Books Study
8th and 9th Grades: Great Books Tutorials I & II

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Option 3: Schola Classical Tutorials Great Books Tutorials

Schola Classical Tutorials provides a complete education in the history, literature, and philosophy of Western Civilization rolled into one class, the Great Books Tutorials, beginning in the 9th grade. While a parent using this option will not follow the precise scope and sequence outlined at CCH for the secondary stages, a child will nevertheless receive an excellent classical education.

7th and 8th Grades: Preparation for a Great Books Study
9th Grade: Great Books Tutorial I

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Option 4: Spielvogel’s History of Western Civilization

These are history textbooks, which we do not use for anything other than reference around here. Spielvogel’s texts are, however, the best we have found, and include extensive quotations from primary sources. Please realize that a child’s education will be truncated by reading only a text rather than the real histories offered in CCH’s History of Western Civilization Units, and realizing that, this option is offered for those parents who would like to use the texts as a base and add in the real books according to personal dictates. Spielvogel’s Western Civilization is commonly used in college survey courses, and in AP European History classes in high school; however, since history is the story of what happened, when, where, and with whom; and, in this case, why and how, it is not outside the province of the dialectic stage but is its proper study. Be aware that this text series is written from a secular viewpoint. The beginning of history in chapter 1 gives its due to the evolutionary rise of civilizations, and care should be taken by the parent to engage their child in many discussions and refutations of the sometimes secular conclusions reached by the author. The Teacher’s Resources for each level (ancient and classical, medieval, renaissance, and reformed, and modern) will help the parent identify the secular conclusions.

Western Civilization
Jackson J. Spielvogel

Click to order Western Civilization, Comprehensive This text is the new 4th edition of Western Civilization, the comprehensive volume, covering the complete history of Western Civilization from its beginnings through the present. (The Amazon.com page mistakenly calls this edition hardcover; this ISBN is in fact for the paperback copy.) The first seven chapters of the text, the Ancient Near East through the Passing of the Roman World, deal with ancient and classical history, and should be studied in the 7th grade. Chapters 8 through 13, European Civilization in the Early Middle Ages through the Age of Reformation, deal with medieval, renaissance, and reformed history, and should be studied in the 8th grade. Chapters 14 through 29, Discovery and Crisis in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries through the Contemporary Western World since 1970, deal with modern history, and should be studied in 9th grade.


Western Civilization, Volume One
Jackson J. Spielvogel

Click to order Western Civilization, Volume 1 This text is based on the same 4th edition of Spielvogel’s Western Civilization listed above, but includes only the first 16 chapters of the text, and therefore covers Western Civilization up to 1715. The book ends with chapter sixteen, Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science. This text can therefore be used for 7th grade and the study of ancient and classical history, using chapters 1 through 7, and for 8th grade and the study of medieval, renaissance, and reformed history, using chapters 8 through 13.


Western Civilization, Volume Two
Jackson J. Spielvogel

Click to order Western Civilization, Volume 2 This text is based on the same 4th edition of Spielvogel’s Western Civilization listed above, but includes only the last 16 chapters of the text, and therefore covers Western Civilization since 1550. The book begins with chapter 14, Discovery and Crisis in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, and ends with chapter 29, the Contemporary Western World since 1970. This text can therefore be used for 9th grade and the study of modern history.


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