Our CC Cycle 3 Reading List

CC Cycle 3 reading listThis is our family’s Classical Conversations Cycle 3 reading list, I hope it’s helpful for other CC mamas out there!  As I wrote in my last post, this year will be heavy on reading as we simplify.  Our American history studies are the basis for most of our literature picks this year, I am so excited!  I have pinned our other plans on my Pinterest page if you are looking for other inspiration.

I think we’ll get started with school next week, although we won’t officially start meeting with our CC community until after Labor Day.  I’ll be Instgram-ing our way through the school year.  If you are over there, please follow me so I can follow you back!  I always enjoy gathering new ideas from other CC mamas!


All Weeks
*The Children’s Book of America
*Our 50 States
*National Geographic Kids Ultimate US Road Trip Atlas
*Liberty Kids DVD
*The Constitution
Ask Me Anything About the Presidents
Rush Revere and the First Patriots
*A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing Women
*First Encyclopedia of the Human Body
*See Inside Your Body
*Human Body Sticker Book
*Discovering Great Artists
*Poetry for Young People: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
*Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson
*Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allen Poe
*Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
*Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou
*Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman
*Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost

Week 1
*Pedro’s Journal
*Who Was Christopher Columbus?
*Follow the Dream
*You Wouldn’t Want to Sail With Christopher Columbus!

Week 2
*Exploration and Conquest: The Americas After Columbus
*The New Americans: Colonial Times
*… If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
Thanksgiving on Thursday
Fact Tracker Pilgrims
*If You Were At The First Thanksgiving
*Charlie Brown Mayflower DVD
*Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD

Week 3
*What Was the Boston Tea Party?
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?
Same the Minuteman
Johnny Tremain: A Story of Boston in Revolt

Week 4
Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag
Time For Kids Biographies: Benjamin Franklin: A Man of Many Talents
Thomas Jefferson
The Revolutionary John Adams
*The Declaration of Independence
*The 4th of July Story
*Betsy Ross

Week 5
*We The People: The Story of Our Constitution
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President
*Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution
George Washington
Founding Fathers DVD

Week 6
Who Was Davy Crockett?
*The Oregon Trail
*Seaman’s Journal: On the Trail With Lewis & Clark
*The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Louisiana Purchase
Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President
How We Crossed the West: Adventures of Lewis & Clark

Week 7
*Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner
The Town That Fooled the British

Week 8
*The Trail of Tears
*Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman

Week 9
*Mark Twain and the Queen of the Mississippi
*The Drinking Gourd

Week 10
Rachel’s Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl
*Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
Getting to Know the US Presidents: James K. Polk
*What Was The Alamo?

Week 11
DKEyewitness Civil War
*National Geographic Kids Abraham Lincoln
Who Was Abraham Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln’s World
*Just A Few Words, Mr. Lincoln
*The Gettysburg Address in Translation

Week 12
Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?
Who Was Robert E. Lee?
Civil War Battleship The Monitor
Billy and the Rebel
From Slave to Soldier
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
Civil War Sub The Mystery of the Hunley

Week 13
A Weed is a Flower

Week 14
All About America: The Industrial Revolution
Bobbin Girl
Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry
The Men Who Built America DVD

MLK Day
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech in Translation

Week 15
Time for Kids: Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers: Sousa

Week 16
Emma’s Poem
When Jessie Came Across the Sea
If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island
The Long Way to a New Land
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration
Ellis Island

Week 17
*Where Poppies Grow 
*Hero Over Here
*DK Eyewitness Books: World War I

Week 18
*Pearl Harbor: Ready to Read Level 3
*I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
What Was Pearl Harbor?

Week 19
*The Cold War: A History Just for Kids!

Week 20
Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone
*Disney’s Ruby Bridges DVD
Who Was Rosa Parks?
*Goin’ Someplace Special
Freedom on the Menu
*The Other Side
Freedom Summer
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers: Tchaikovsky

Week 21
*An Illustrated Timeline of Space Exploration
*DKEyewitness Space Exploration
*Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon
Who Was Neil Armstrong?

Week 22
*I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001
*America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001
*Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John T. Harvey
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers: Igor Stravninsky

Week 23
*We the People: The Constitution of the United States

Week 24
*The Bill of Rights: It Can’t Be Wrong
*The Bill of Rights: What It Really Means

End of School Year
Disney’s American Legends DVD
Tall Tales & Legends DVD

* I starred all of the books that we ultimately ended up using.  This was a difficult reading year for us.  Between bringing our new son home from China and the very sudden passing of my Daddy on Christmas Eve, we missed a lot of our community days.  But through the summer, we have gone back through all of the missed CC grammar and chosen books from our reading list.

  • August 19, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Danielle - Thanks for sharing! We use Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood and Mt Hope Chronicle’s list too. Adding yours to Pinterest with theirs. I’ve already ordered all of week one’s books from the library and am excited to get started!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 4:26 pm

    Felica Carswell - Hi Nicole,

    First I want to thank you for an amazing list of books to compliment CC Cycle 3 and how they are organized by week and linked for quick find and purchase.

    I wondered how you would use these in your homeschooling and how you used the list of “All Weeks” books in your homeschooling. I figured maybe you would use the weekly books as read alouds and the “All Weeks” books as part of your morning basket/ routine. I would be grateful for feedback as it helps me to brainstorm how to structure our upcoming years routine.

    God bless you, your family and your homechooling adventure!
    FelicaReplyCancel

    • May 26, 2017 - 11:39 am

      Nicole Renée - Hi Felica! You’re so welcome! We aren’t a CC family anymore, but we do still use book lists similar to this one. I typically pick which books I’m going to use from each week’s list (based on available time) the week prior. The “All Weeks” list has books that I try to work in throughout the year at some point, though they sometimes end up getting read over the summer! I read aloud to my children during our memory work time, which we usually do at the kitchen table. Memory work and read aloud usually takes about an hour or so, which we try to do in the morning, though it sometimes happens at lunchtime too. We have a very flexible structure at home, and go with whatever is working for us that day. Does that help?ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2017 - 7:28 am

    Amanda - Well its June 2017 and I’m excited to use this list as a guide for the new cycle 3! Thanks for your hard work in compiling and posting this.ReplyCancel

    • June 29, 2017 - 9:32 am

      Nicole Renée - You are very welcome, Amanda! Thank you for letting me know it was helpful to your family. Wishing you all the best for planning and this coming school year!ReplyCancel

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