The Curriculum of the Steiner School - High School

Notes and Lesson Plans

High School
updated May 6, 2017

What About High School?

This common question is also raised in Towards Creative Teaching: Working with the Curriculum of Classes 1 to 8 in Steiner Waldorf Schools, edited by Martyn Rawson & Brien Masters.

They write on page 49 of my copy, which is the first edition,

    "The assumption that Steiner's curriculum clearly shows a caesura after Class 8 (in Class 9 a good deal of the same material being repeated from other perspectives) is countered by the possibility that this happened purely for pragmatic reasons because in 1919 most of the pupils left after Class 8 to enter apprenticeships.

    This question is likely to remain unresolved."



There are several links regarding high school on "The Waldorf Method" page of this site, and -- since I'm currently deliberating whether to homeschool past middle school -- here I am simply collecting a list of books which cover this age group. If you have any curriculum resources to share, or book titles you particularly recommend, please email me and I will add them.

Other well-known and easy *packaged curriculum options* for homeschooling for high school include Oak Meadow, which begins as Waldorf-inspired when your child is little but gradually becomes more and more traditional (you can opt to teach your child yourself or enroll in their accredited distance learning school and receive a diploma upon graduation), and Sonlight, which focuses on teaching history through great literature a la Charlotte Mason. Start with choosing a core history/geography/literature package and then add on other subjects (such as math and science) as needed. You can also simply buy a grade year bundle.

Sonlight has the advantage of being less expensive than Oak Meadow, but this is because it will not provide your child with a diploma or transcript or the support of outside teachers for the more difficult subjects. You will remain your child's teacher.


General

Morning Verse - High School

    I look into the world
    In which the Sun shines,
    In which the stars sparkle,
    In which the stones lie,
    Where living plants are growing,
    Where animals are feeling,
    And where the soul of man
    Gives dwelling for the spirit.

    I look into the soul
    Which lives within myself.
    God s spirit weaves in light
    Of Sun and human soul,
    In world of space, without,
    In depths of soul, within.

    God s spirit, tis to Thee
    I turn myself in prayer,
    That strength and blessing may grow
    In me, to learn and to work.


UnCollege - the benefits of taking a Gap Year

Waldorf Today Gallery of Main Lesson Book Pages - High School
Beautiful and inspiring


Wonderful assortment of indications for the high school curriculum collected by Dorit Winter are found on pp.91-102 of her contributing essay, "The Chariot of Michael," in And Who Shall Teach the Teachers, available to download for FREE at the Online Waldorf Library



Waldorf Schools: Upper Grades & High School
edited by Ruth Pusch



The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum
edited by Kevin Avison and Martyn Rawson


Education for Adolescents (Foundations of Waldorf Education)
by Rudolf Steiner
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


Kinesthetic Learning for Adolescents by Leonore Russell
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


Rudolf Steiner's Observations on Adolescence
by Rudolf Steiner
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


AWSNA Curriculum Chart
link is to Waldorf Publications website


Genesis of a Waldorf High School (PDF)
a 168 page source book edited by Douglas Gerwin - Waldorf Research Institute


Literature & Composition

Colloquium on English eBook
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library

Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through Literature by David Sloan
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library

Splinters of the Sun: Teaching Russian Literature to High School Students by Betty Staley
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library

The Power of Grammar: A Phenomenological Approach ed. by Anne Greer
available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


these are traditional resources, not Waldorf ones

Literary Criticism blog post

the final list of 9 short stories -- and lesson plans -- which we did in 8th grade to prepare for 9th

Life-Line, the first short story by Robert Heinlein, for which I would love to develop a lesson plan

Natalie loved an assignment she had in Freshman English for Fahrenheit 451. Her teacher told them to imagine that every library in the world had been burned except the Library of Congress BUT that it was going to be burned next. They would be able to save some books... but only ten. Which ten books would they save and why?

I think an excellent tie-in with this book would be the NPR news item from today (01/12/2017)
"Free Speech Advocates, Publishers Wrestle with Questions of Censorship"


FREE Resources from Teachers Pay Teachers which I don't want to forget about

  • Breaking Down the Skills Needed to Write a Research Paper

  • Philosophy

    Independent Lens: American Denial on PBS

    my Philosophy curriculum pages


    Science

    DNA, RNA, and Snorks! (PDF)
    you'll also need to print a Codon Chart


    links to past issues of the Waldorf Science Newsletter

    *NEW* A Waldorf High School Physics Program eBook
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library

    More amazing books available to download for free in PDF form from the Online Waldorf Library:

    Science in Education edited by Brien Masters

    Earth Science by Hans-Ulrich Schmutz

    A Waldorf High School Chemistry Program by R.C. Oelahf

    Chemistry Reader: An Orientation to Developing Chemistry Instruction in Waldorf Schools by Dr. Dirk Rohde

    Colloquium on Life Sciences and Environmental Studies edited by David Mitchell

    Colloquium on Physics edited by David Mitchell

    Colloquium on the Computer and Information Technology edited by David Mitchell

    Embryology and World Evolution by Karl Konig

    Introduction to a Study of the Stars by C. R. Mirbt


    Mathematics

    Combinations & Permutations 9th grade main lesson block
    see my blog post
    Raw Egg on Your Head / Probability



    Making Math Meaningful: Fun with Puzzles, Games, and More! (grades 4-12)
    by Jamie York



    Making Math Meaningful: A Source Book for Teaching High School Math
    by Jamie York


    A Waldorf High School Mathematics Program eBook
    by R.C. Oelhaf
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


    Topics in Mathematics for Waldorf High Schools
    by Ron Jarmon
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


    History & Geography

    Teaching History by Christoph Lindberg
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library

    Colloquium on United States History edited by Betty Staley

    Colloquium on World History edited by Betty Staley


    Art

    Black and White Drawing in the Eleventh Class


    Painting in Waldorf Education by Dick Bruin and Attie Lichthart
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


    Music & Eurythmy


    Let's Sing and Celebrate!: 105 Original Songs for Seasons and Festivals
    (Kindergarten Through 12th Grade: A Waldorf Songbook)

    by Colin Price
    link is to Songbird Press website


    Music from Around the World with Recorders by Michael Preston
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


    Eurythmy: A Creative Force in Humanity by Sylvia Bardt
    available to download as an ebook from The Online Waldorf Library


    Curriculum Packages

    High School Curriculum by Alan Whitehead / Spiritual Syllabus
    links are to Waldorf Books website

      The Pierian Spring
      Spiritual Syllabus Language Arts Curriculum Guide for Grades 9 & 10


      Australian Poetry, Creative Writing, Renaissance Literature, The Epic, Australian Film, Radio & TV, Public Speaking, Age of Reason Literature, Asian Literature, 7 World Literatures - Hebrew, Arabic, Ural-Altaic, Celtic, Akkadian, Mongolian, The Indies


      Of Pine and Palm
      Spiritual Syllabus Mathematics Curriculum Guide for Grades 9 & 10


      Trigonometry, Small Business, Probability, Time and Motion, Astronomy and Navigation, Australian Economics, Surveying, Computers


      On Butterfly Wings
      Spiritual Syllabus Social Studies Curriculum Guide for Grades 9 & 10


      Australian History 1888 to 1945, Psychology, Sociology, Renaissance - Age of Reason History, Pediatrics, State & Federal Government, Legal Studies, Fashion, Birth of Lorien Novalis, Troubled Teenagers, Egalitarian Education


      A Spiritual Science
      Spiritual Syllabus Science Curriculum Guide for Grades 9 & 10


      Sound Physics, Organic Chemistry, Zoological Classification, Light Physics, Nutritional Chemistry, Physiology, The Hydrosphere (Water World), The Atmosphere (World Weather), Marine Biology, Ornithology


      I Am Because I Write, Speak and Read
      Spiritual Syllabus Language Arts Curriculum Guide for Grades 11 & 12


      Australian Theater, Speech and Poetry, 19th Century European Literature, American Literature, Australian Novel, Communications, 20th Century World Literature, Russian Literature, 7 Indo-European Languages: Persian, Greek, Anatolian, Germanic, Latin, Russian


      Wheels of Fire - Math 11-12
      Spiritual Syllabus Mathematics Curriculum Guide for Grades 11 & 12


      Projective Geometry, Accounting, Mechanics, Aviation, Sacred Geometry, Investment, Calculus, Architecture


      The Tree of Time
      Spiritual Syllabus Social Science Curriculum Guide for Grades 11 & 12


      Australian History 1946-present, Theology, 19th & 20th Century World History, Health Care, International Service, Marketing, Philosophy, Economic Geography, Education, Community Service


      Age of the Pale Horse
      Spiritual Syllabus Science Curriculum Guide for Grades 11 & 12


      Heat Physics, Industrial Chemistry, Microbiology, Regional Geography, Veterinary Science, Maritime Science, Atomic Physics, Pharmacology, Genetics, Conservation, Energy Resources


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