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Student Texts

Zion utilizes the following publishers and textbooks to teach the content of the curriculum:

Art: Art in Action (1st-3rd)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (grade 7 & 8) by Betty Edwards

English: Shurley English (K-8) from Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.

Handwriting: Zaner-Bloser Publishing

Latin: Latina Christiana (3rd and 4th grade)  from Memoria Press
First Form Latin (5th grade)
Second Form Latin (6th-8th grade)

Mathematics: Saxon Math (K-8) from Saxon Publishing

Reading/Literature:  Scott Foresman Reading (grades 1-4) from Pearson Publishing
Grades 5 and up do not use basal readers, but instead read and learn from several novel units that include (but are not limited to) the following:

Mrs. Willer’s Grade 5 Literature Texts 2012-2013
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1988 Newberry Honor recipient)
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (1977 Newbery Medal recipient)
Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff (1998 Newbery Honor recipient)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1961)

Mr. Splittgerber’s Grade 6-7 Literature Texts 2012-2013
The Odyssey by Homer (written 3rd-6th century B.C.)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 Newbery Medal recipient)

Other Literature Texts taught at Zion (Since Zion uses combined grade classes, student texts are taught on alternate years.  The following texts are often used when the above texts are not being taught).
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum  
The Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature
edited by Margaret Martignoni
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Treasure Island  by Robert Louis Stevensen 
The Iliad by Homer  (grade 7-8)
The Aeneid by Virgil (grade 7-8)
Cyrano DeBergerac by Edmond Rostand (grades 6-8)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (grades 6-8)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (grades 7/8 only)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (grades 7/8 only)

One In Christ (preschool thru grade 5) from Concordia Publishing House
Luther’s Small Catechism (grades 6 and up) from Concordia Publishing House

Phonics: Saxon Phonics (Kindergarten and 1st grade) from Saxon Publishing

Science: Scott Foresman Science (1st thru 5th grade) from Pearson Publishing
Physical Science, Earth Science (6th/7th grade) by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishing

Social Studies: Harcourt Social Studies (1st thru 6th grade)
World History (7th grade) from Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishers (HRW)
World Geography (8th grade) from Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishers (HRW)

Spelling: Everyday Spelling (1st and 2nd grade) from Scott Foresman
Spelling and Vocabulary (3rd-7th grade) from Houghton Mifflin
Workbooks are no longer used, but lists from these texts are used via Spelling City.

Typing: Mavis Beacon Software (3rd grade and up)

* Please note that many subjects in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten do not utilize student texts.  Instructional materials typically are drawn from a variety of resources and units are developed by the teacher.