Great Books of the Western World
GREAT BOOKS MOVEMENT
A Return to the Classics
The School of Abraham supports the homeschooling
family by providing
unique educational resources for religious education, which are founded
upon the School of Abraham Educational Model, including our Guided Reading
Program of LDS Great Books and other classics, recommended
resources for history, biography and other curricula, studies of the teachings of
the prophets, in-depth scripture study and commentaries, gospel art
resources, and programs which will help strengthen family life and provide
the School of Abraham, we feel that there have been scholars raised up by the Lord
since the restoration of the gospel who have been inspired by the Lord to
write books which are seminal in nature, which define authoritatively the
doctrine of the kingdom, our responsibilities to the Lord and our fellowman, our
duties as Christians, how to live, and what our understanding should
be: the "roadmaps" for developing a Christ-like character and
understanding. The School of
Abraham recognizes the worth of these materials and incorporates them into our homeschool curricula.
School of Abraham will
develop study guides to accompany the
of the "Teachings of ..." the prophets books, writings by Bruce R.
McConkie, Hugh Nibley, James E. Talmage, the writings of other general
authorities and BYU scholars, the book Gospel
the new Church history book, the Church almanac, and other commentaries and
classic LDS books. The
Church magazines, conference reports, Church News, and other materials available from church
distribution also have much to offer. The
foundation of our gospel scholarship program is the scriptures.
also recommend the reading list of the "Good Books" created
by the Great Books Academy. The Great Books Academy individually mentors students by using Socratic
teaching methods, and follows a
classical curriculum. Their homeschool
program is flexible, allowing the student to
tailor their studies and choose their own curriculum materials as desired.
Their excellent classical studies incorporate a required reading program
developed by John Senior. During the high school years, the student will
study Britannica's Great Books of Western Civilization. See our
information pages on the
Great Books of the
Western World and Return
to the Classics.
want to have a large resource on which to draw for
reading material for their children in a variety of subjects and
reading levels, including independent reading as well as books to read aloud for
younger children. Some books
are considered "required
reading," and additional readings can be chosen from the
School of Abraham library. The child can
provide an oral narration, a summary,
a written book report on their readings, based on their individual
Let the Authors Speak: A Guide to Worthy Books Based on
Historical Setting by Carolyn Hatcher
the Ages by Christine Miller
Honey for a
Child's Heart by Gladys M. Hunt
Reading Lists for College Bound Students,
by Doug Estell
Recommended Reading: 5000 Classics
Reviewed, Salem Press, 1995
New Lifetime Reading Plan, by Clifton
Fadiman, HarperCollins, 1999
- Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers, Bowker,
Links to find used or out
of print books:
"The Western Canon"
Fadiman: "The Lifetime Reading Plan"
Adler: "How to Read a Book"
Jefferson's picks (1771)
"The World's 500 Greatest Books"
Library, 1929 catalog
de La Pléiade (France)
Great Books of
the Western World
Classics "Five Foot Shelf"
Classics Shelf of Fiction
Bookshop Additional 100
A Guide to
Oriental Classics list
Literature and Children's Resources