Part I of II: 18-week course plan using Christ the King; Making of the West; How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization;  Rule of St. Benedict; Bulfinch’s Mythology (selections); Murder in the Cathedral; and The Canterbury Tales (selections).



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Semester 1: European Studies IA Study Guide

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Softcover coil-bound workbook.
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Student study guides and course plans for the first semester of the European Studies, A Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at

Christ the King, Lord of History: A Catholic World History from Ancient to Modern Times

  • Author: Anne Carroll
  • Publisher/Copyright: TAN Books, 1994. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895555034        978-0895555038
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474 pages; 31 lessons; comprehension questions and projects ideas for each chapter; index. Grades 7 - 10. Used as the guiding narrative for many of the high school courses. Keep it in your home library until all of your children have graduated.

Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: A Concise History: Volume I to 1740, 2nd Edition

  • Author: Lynn Hunt, et al.
  • Publisher/Copyright: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 0312439458        978-0312439453
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ORDER BY ISBN NUMBER. "Making of the West" is a SECULAR, lower division college text that is used in St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's U.S. Studies IA, Greek Studies I & II, Roman Studies I & II, and European Studies I & II courses. Note that this is the CONCISE version of the textbook. While the page numbers will not line up exactly, the 3rd edition of the CONCISE version will work just as well as the 2nd edition of the CONCISE version. regularly has used copies available for 25-75% off the new price. 607 pages.

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • Author: Thomas E. Woods Jr
  • Publisher/Copyright: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2005. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895260387        978-0895260383
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280 pages.

Rule of St. Benedict, The

  • Publisher/Copyright: Doubleday/Image Books, 1975. Print.
  • Translator: Anthony C. Meisel and M.L. del Mastro
  • ISBN: 0385009488        978-0385009485
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Introduction, prologue, 73 chapters, notes.

Bulfinch’s Mythology (out-of-print Avenel Books/Gramercy/Crown Publishers edition) [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • Publisher/Copyright: Avenel Books/Crown Publishers, 1979. Print.
  • ISBN: 0517274159        978-0517262771
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Hardback; excellent glossary. Any edition will do, but this is our favorite.

Murder in the Cathedral

  • Author: T. S. Eliot
  • Publisher/Copyright: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963. Print.
  • ISBN: 0156632772        978-0156632775
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Any edition will do. 96 pages.

Canterbury Tales, The

  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Publisher/Copyright: Penguin Classics, 2003. Print.
  • Translator: Nevill Coghill
  • ISBN: 0140424385        978-0140424386
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528 pages.

STAA Student Zone

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There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.

Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Classics)

  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • Publisher/Copyright: Modern Library Classics, 1998. Print.
  • ISBN: 0375751475        978-0375751479
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888 pages. We prefer the out of print Avenel Books/Crown Publishers edition (ISBN 0517274159). If the Avenel Books/Crown edition is not available used in good condition for less than $17.00, order the Modern Library Classics edition.

Canterbury Tales, The

  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Publisher/Copyright: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1948, 2001. Print.
  • Translator: R.M. Lumiansky
  • ISBN: 0671727699        978-0671727697
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This is a modern prose translation that is less poetic than the Nevill Coghill translation. The STAA course plans reference the Coghill translation but the Lumiansky translation can easily be used in its place.

Fall Live Class: European History IA

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Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 11 and 12 that meets every other academic week of the first semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.

Song of Roland, The

  • Publisher/Copyright: Penguin Classics, 1957. Print.
  • Translator: Dorthy L. Sayers
  • ISBN: 0140440755        978-0140440751
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208 pages.


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