Why Read Stories? Connecting the Great Books and the Good Life

by Cherie Harder June 28, 2015

In many ways, hosting reading and discussion groups is a highly counter-cultural exercise: In our distracted, virtual, and isolated world, it is a hospitable invitation to paying rigorous attention to a challenging text within a community. This seminar will provide practical how-tos for creating, launching, and maintaining a compelling reading group.

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Discussion Great Books Literature Story / Stories

Where Athens and Jerusalem Meet: Why Dante Chose Virgil as his Guide

by Louis Markos June 28, 2014

Dante’s Divine Comedy, perhaps the single greatest expression of the human imagination, sets itself the daunting task of embodying in verse the full medieval vision of God, Man, and the Universe. However, when he chose what great figure of the past would function as his guide through Hell and Purgatory, the Catholic Dante chose not […]

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Literature Theology Virgil

Latin Literary Analysis

by Karen Moore June 28, 2014

Literature is the artful use of language to paint images and convey emotions through a variety of techniques based on vocabulary and syntax. What better way to study this art form than by reading the master works of such literary artists as Vergil and Cicero as composed in their own tongue? Author and teacher Karen […]

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Language Latin Literature Teachers

Reaching for Rhetoric in Foreign Languages

by Lisa Snyder June 26, 2014

Language possesses the potentional to be both tool for communication and art form. Discover how to lead your students from learning vocabulary and verb charts to articulating their likes, recounting a tale, decoding poetry, or simply conversing eloquently. Explore the possiblities for incorporating literature and historical figures in weaving a story and inviting your students […]

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Language Literature Rhetoric Teaching

Men without Chests: The Dangers of a Values-Free Education

by Louis Markos June 18, 2014

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis discusses what happens when society abandons its duty to educate its children in accordance with fixed moral/ethical standards (the Tao).

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Classical Education Literature Values

A Lesson in Grammar School Literature: Aristotle and Charlottes Web

by Mary Clifford June 9, 2013

Using Aristotle’s thoughts on friendship and E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web as an example, we will experience an actual lesson in which the great classical thinkers and Biblical principles can be taught at the grammar level and applied to children’s literature. We will further discuss exploring ideas of teaching grammar students to think about literature, and […]

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Classical Education Faith Grammar Literature Teaching

Men Without Chests: The Dangers of a Values Free Education

by Louis Markos June 7, 2013

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis discusses what happens when society abandons its duty to educate its children in accordance with fixed moral/ethical standards (the Tao). After defining and defending Lewis’s concept of the Tao, and tracing how a values-free approach to education kills virtue, wonder, and courage, I will conclude with a […]

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Classical Education Lewis Literature Morals

The Art of Latin

by Karen Moore June 29, 2012

Vergil and Ovid each began their epic work with an invocation to their muse. Each of these poets has in turn played the muse to countless artists throughout the ages. Bringing this artwork into the classroom will breathe new life into ancient texts. Whether you choose to read these works in Latin or in English, […]

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Art Classroom Latin Literature Teaching

Teaching Middle School Literature

by Lori Jill Keeler June 27, 2012

This seminar will present criteria for 1) choosing literature that is appropriate developmentally, correlates with the curricula as well as the logic phase, and encourages a love of reading in students; 2) building on the grammar of literature and comprehension strategies; 3) using methodology that will train student to think about and discuss literature logically […]

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Grammar Literature Middle School Teaching

Latin as Rhetoric

by Marcus Foster June 27, 2012

In this seminar I discuss the idea that the teaching of Latin is most effective in the rhetoric stage taught as primarily a Literature course rather than a language course. This method necessitates an intentional, prolonged, and reflective conversation with the students about genre, authorial intent, rhetorical devices, and cultural content that capitalizes both on […]

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Grammar Latin Literature Rhetoric Teaching

Let The Puppy Run! Teaching Literature to Middle School Students Without Killing the Book- or the Student

by Andrew Kern June 2, 2012

The middle school years are some of the most rewarding of all for the teacher who is prepared to engage the student in the class. Few tools reach them more effectively than great stories. So why is it so hard? This workshop explores simple approaches to arouse your middle school students’ minds and hearts to […]

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Literature Middle School Teaching

Virtual Virgil Bringing the Ancients into the Digital Age

by Karen Moore June 11, 2011

As our classical schools grow and mature we are beginning to see more advanced Latin classes studying literature such as Vergil’s Aeneid. This workshop will share with teachers how to put a new spin on this ancient epic by taking advantage of all the resources the modern age has to offer. We will begin by […]

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Latin Literature Poetry Teaching

Reading “the Right Books”: C.S. Lewis on Reading Good Literature

by Linda Dey May 28, 2011

Eustace Clarence Scrubb, says Lewis, repeatedly had not read “the right books.” So what books should Eustace have read to equip him for his adventures in Narnia? Lewis has lots to say about what books to read, how to read them, and even how to teach them and how not to teach them. This workshop […]

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C.S. Lewis Literature Reading Teaching

Writing in the Grammar School

by Tammy Peters May 28, 2011

This workshop will focus on using several types of literature (narratives, myths, legends, fables, poetry) to help grammar-aged students write. The workshop is designed to generate engaging ideas that help students use the richness of the language by writing in various ways (pre-progymnasmata exercises). This workshop will be helpful for first through fifth grade classes.

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Grammar Literature Teachers

Get Your Students Reading

by Mary Poole June 3, 2009

This seminar will offer ways for teachers to encourage students to increase their recreational reading in grades 3-6. These students have learned the skills needed to read. But now need the opportunity to experience the wide world of literature. Ideas for encouraging students reading will be shared such as unique book reports, class book sharing, […]

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Literature Reading Students Teachers