The Common Topics: Threads That Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith November 9, 2018

The verbal arts are related to one another, particularly through the means by which we teach them. Since the verbal arts are skills, not terminating subjects, they are taught throughout the curriculum. But as we focus on teaching them singularly, how can we do so in a way that most naturally leads to teaching the […]

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Dorothy Sayers Was Wrong About the Art of Grammar

by Andrew Selby November 9, 2018

Dorothy Sayers famously wrote that Grammar is the “poll parrot” stage in which younger students memorize many facts. In her influential and often valuable essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, she asserts that she is replicating the medieval understanding of the trivium. We’ll explore the perspective that Sayers’ definition of the art of grammar actually […]

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Everyday Themes in Literature: Using Narrative to Develop the Whole Person

by Alicia Brummeler July 22, 2017

Quality literature opens the door for discovery and discussion into developing the whole person. As grammar and logic teachers, we often design novel studies to fulfill curricular goals; this workshop will guide participants to think about designing novel studies that incorporate a holistic, everyday view of persons. Using The Hobbit and To Kill a Mockingbird […]

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Tools of Engagement: Drawing Students into the Joyful Pursuit of Music Making

by Tools of Engagement: Drawing Students into the Joyful Pursuit of Music Making July 21, 2017

Today’s music educator must reach the heart of the student while shining a light on the mechanics of making music. In this workshop, teachers will participate in engaging grammar school music lessons that are both challenging and enjoyable, believing all of life is enhanced through an appreciation and understanding of music. Participants will leave with […]

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The Common Topics as Threads that Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith February 15, 2017

As a practical outworking of his plenary talk on the liberal arts, in this session, Andrew Smith will talk about how the verbal arts related to one another, particularly through the means by which we teach them. Since the verbal arts are skills, not terminating subjects, they are taught throughout the curriculum. But as we […]

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Teaching Sentence Diagramming as Story Telling

by Catherine McChristian June 6, 2016

In his book Teaching as Story Telling, Kieran Egan encourages teachers to incorporate imaginative story-telling techniques into our lessons. But how can we teach grammar as a story? How can diagramming sentences spark the imagination? The aim of this workshop is to explore how to set up the task of diagramming sentences as a mystery […]

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SCL Journal Winter 2016—Speaking Well: The Centrality of Language in Classical Christian Education

by SCL Journal March 29, 2016

The senior thesis project, prevalent in most classical Christian schools, is built upon a deep and rich foundation that makes eloquent expression possible. Rhabanus Maurus, a monk and student of Alcuin, in his “Education of the Clergy,” said, “Grammar is the source and foundation of all the liberal arts. It should be taught in every […]

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Ancient Rhetoric Drills: A Hands-on Workshop

by David Miller June 28, 2015

Come to this workshop and practice short writing drills based on ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric drills. Participants will be asked to inflect eloquent phrases through shifting tense, case, and other grammatical attributes. This will show the strong relationship between grammar and rhetoric. Workshop participants will volunteer and publicly read their inflections while working on […]

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Trivium Incarnatum: The Work of a Grammarian

by David Miller June 28, 2015

The classical teacher should strive to become a grammarian, logician, and rhetorician as they are the trivium incarnatum. A teacher takes their first steps toward the trivium incarnatum through the study of Latin or Greek. As they become a grammarian, their soul is prepared to be struck by truths outside of themselves as they learn […]

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Grammar: Paradoxes, Divisions, Methods

by Andrew Pudewa June 28, 2014

A contemplation of the first of the Liberal Arts: Some oddities about teaching it and some thoughts about learning it

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Integrating Art with Other Subjects

by Courtney Sanford June 25, 2013

Art is a dynamic and energizing element to add to any subject. Discuss the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric of art and discover how to use art to enhance the skills of each level of the trivium and energize your students in every subject: history, science, geography, even math! Our future leaders need a good foundation […]

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The Grammar of Mathematics

by Andrew Elizalde June 21, 2013

Three interpretations of the classical trivium (grammar, logic/dialectic, and rhetoric) will be suggested: one, stages of development; two, course content; and three, elements of classical pedagogy. The stages interpretation will include defining the grammar of mathematics to be counting strategies, place value, and the composition and decomposition of units of higher value. An argument will […]

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Training in the Skill of Discussion

by Jenny Rallens June 21, 2013

To ancient and medieval educators, teaching was inspired conversation: communion of mind and heart through skillful discussions, with young children as well as highschoolers. Much like the art of painting or sculpture, these discussions required a host of skills which were taught and practiced routinely over the course of years. Today, most classical schools expect […]

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Teaching Rhetoric in Grammar School

by Trish Detrick June 10, 2013

Speaking in a winsome and persuasive manner is the capstone of a classical education, but training public speaking skills should not wait until the last few years of a student’s education. This workshop explores practical ways to train beginning rhetoric skills in the lower school and therefore develop confident and winsome older students who embody […]

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Classical Education Grammar Rhetoric Teaching

James Project: Greek Theatre for the Classroom

by Karen Moore June 10, 2013

Scripture memory and recitation are a key component to grammar school studies. Such exercises provide the first steps toward lessons of rhetoric. As students mature, however, this practice must change its shape, but how? In this presentation Karen shares the James project, a project in which her 7th grade class memorized the entire book of […]

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Grammar Memory Rhetoric Theatre