Angelicum Academy Summer Sale! June 15th – July 5th

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Letter from One of Our Great Books Students

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Steve Bertucci

Steve Bertucci

Dear Steve Bertucci,

You were the best teacher I have ever had and the only one who has been very important in my intellectual growth. You filled my head with questions, while others tried to fill my head with answers and those questions have allowed me to find the real answers.

Ever since I took your class, I approach every learning experience, even mathematics, asking the question “why?” as many times as necessary until I get the root of the reason for something. That method of learning is what I learned from your class and I am thankful for it.

I have done well for myself in the years since taking your Great Books course. I am graduating near the top of my class as the National Merit Scholar and will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall on a scholarship that more than covers all my expenses. My highest career aspiration in life is to one day publish something that is taught long after I am dead in a Great Books course. Right now I am shooting a bit high as I just submitted some poetry to the New Yorker on the off chance that they like it.

I have to say, a couple hours a week for one year, your class has been an important factor in me becoming who I am.

Thank you, Stephen A.

Now in Print! Good Books Literature Guide for 6th Grade

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Our 6th grade, 117-page Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover, Answer Key for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book.

Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education.  Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior.  He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.

“What I have to say about the selections in these guides draws from my childhood memories and adult reflections as well as my conversations with Quinn and Senior.  None of the age and literature categories used in the Angelicum Academy Good Books grade list are absolute.  Think of the Good Books (grade levels) as notes of music with the freedom to work up and down the scale as you see fit.”

The 6th grade Study Guides includes the following book guides:

Introduction by Dr. James Taylor                                                  

The Good Books by Dr. Elisabeth Carmack                

Reading Skills                                                                                   

The Sixth Grade Good Books List                                                    

Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott                                                      

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott                   

Work by Louisa May Alcott                 

Moods by Louisa May Alcott               

Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland                              

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter                 

In the Reign of Terror by G. A. Henty                                      

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne                                      

Michael O’Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter                         

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens                                     

The Dragon and the Raven by G. A. Henty                              

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens                      

With Wolfe in Canada by G. A. Henty                                       

Evangeline by Henry Wadswoth Longfellow

Facing Death by G. A. Henty                                                       

Beric the Briton by G. A. Henty                                                  

The Sketch Book by Washington Irving                                  

Henty Book List – Date/Location/Battle

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The Cure for Summer Boredom for Kids: The Good Books Reading List

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We created a list of the “Good Books” for use in the Angelicum Academy Homeschool Program. Our list is taken from Dr. John Senior’s “A Thousand Good Books” list. We have narrowed the list down to roughly 140 books. The reason for this is because, unfortunately, many of the books listed in Dr. Senior’s book are out of print.

This list is a good way for parents to check off the books their children have read throughout the school year. Happy Reading! The Good Books List

YOUCAT – Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church – New Supplemental Religion Book for Angelicum High School Students

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YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which will be launched on World Youth Day. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What’s more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:

  • What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)
  • How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)
  • How Catholics are to live (moral life)
  • How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)

The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the “go-to” place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith. Illustrated.

What Pope Benedict XVI has to say about the YOUCAT project:

“Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it! Study it in the quiet of your room; read it with a friend; form study groups and networks; share with each other on the Internet. By all means continue to talk with each other about your faith.”

“This book is exciting because it speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages every one of us.”

“You need to know what you believe. You need to know your faith with that same precision with which an IT specialist knows the inner workings of a computer. You need to understand it like a good musician knows the piece he is playing. Yes, you need to be more deeply rooted in the faith than the generation of your parents so that you can engage the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and determination.”

To read the Pope’s entire Foreword, click here