Ursa Minor Learning Year 12

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.” -Aristotle

Subject headings are linked to pages listing options for expanding those topics of study. We are also working on listing options to the main curriculum on these pages.




Recitation and Rhetoric

  • Memory Work
    • 3 poems per term
    • 1 passage from Shakespeare per term
    • 1 passage from The Odyssey per term




  • For students who plan to go on to math heavy majors, Dual Enrollment Calculus 2 and 3 would be the next step in the Calculus series.
  • For students who don’t plan to go on to math heavy majors, Statistics is a good option, or math may be dropped for the year.


The Feast

Free Reads

  1. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  5. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
  6. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  7. Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man by U.R. Anantha Murthy
  8. Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan
  9. Swing Time by Zadie Smtih
  10. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  11. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  12. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  13. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  14. Ghost Singer by Ann Lee Waters
  15. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  16. Sadie Brower Neakok: An Iñupiaq Woman by Margaret B. Blackman
  17. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
  18. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  19. Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee
  20. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
  21. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  22. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich and Keith Gessen
  23. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  24. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  25. Neuromancer by William Gibson

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