The Marriage of Morton J. Adler and Jeanne Chall: Teaching Analysis and Synthesis in the Great Books

James Selby discusses teaching analysis and synthesis in the great books.

Jeanne Chall’s five stages of reading development provide a theoretical framework for classical Christian educators and Adler’s Great Ideas provide an analytical framework to teach the discrete skills of analysis and synthesis in a Great Books reading program. Often, as teacher we do not go beyond modeling in our advanced reading instruction. The work of these two great thinkers provides us with the tools of discrete skill instruction that enhance the effectiveness and the efficiency of our Logic and Rhetoric level reading instruction.

James Selby

Jim Selby has a BA from Oral Roberts University in English Literature and New Testament Literature and a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has taught and administered at Whitefield Academy, a classical Christian school in Kansas City, for the last eleven years. Jim currently teaches Great Books/Humanities, Rhetoric and English Literature as well as Logic in previous years. Founder of Classical Composition he authored a writing curriculum used both in the classroom and in the homeschooling community.

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