Best Practices in Reading

by Lori Jill Keeler February 15, 2017

Best Practices in Reading will help classroom teachers better equip their students to be good readers. We know how important it is for students to develop good reading skills, so providing the best foundation possible should be one of or primary goals as classical grammar school teachers. This seminar will provide you with teaching strategies […]

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The Good Man Reading Well

by Heather Arabie June 16, 2016

The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Odyssey…some of the most cherished and challenging literature in history. Knowing that our students will one day read these texts, how do begin to prepare children in the Grammar stage? This presentation will provide an overview of the “why & how” of teaching children to read in the grammar […]

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Grammar School Literature Reading

Teaching Grammar School Literature with a Rhetorical Lens

by Colleen Dong June 6, 2016

This session desires to look critically at the unity of the Trivium. Rhetoric in the Grammar Stage does not only mean oral presentations. It will challenge this notion and ask the question, how can we give rhetoric a proper seat in each classroom? This session focuses on the Rhetoric of Fiction, laid out by Wayne […]

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Rhetorical Reading of Paradise Lost

by Phil Donnelly June 9, 2013

By giving a central place to the treatment of justice in an epic narrative, Paradise Lost arguably intervenes in the “ancient quarrel” between poetry and philosophy. The juxtaposition of mode and topic is striking because the text most famously associated with the indictment of poetry, and Homer specifically, was also one of the most influential […]

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Grammar in a Dangerous Time: The Future of Spiritual Reading

by Phil Donnelly June 7, 2013

Christian Classical education today rightly emphasizes the importance of recovering the unity of truth, goodness, and beauty in student formation. There is, however, already a long tradition of Christian spiritual reading that is oriented toward discerning that same unity in the person of Christ. This presentation first considers the ways in which a variety of […]

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Can We Lead People Beyond Self-preoccupation to God’s Larger World?

by Dick Keyes June 3, 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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American Classics: Robert Frost

by Christine Perrin June 21, 2011

A seminar-long introduction to Frost using his poetry, his biography, identifying characteristics, and offering some assignment ideas. We will practice poetry reading together as we take a look at this classic American poet that so many have misunderstood. This seminar is especially appropriate for dialectic and rhetoric ages, but would also serve as exposure for […]

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READING – The Logic of English

by Denise Eide May 28, 2011

Many learners are frustrated by the inconsistency of English. Most people believe that English is not logical and does not follow patterns. This is simply not true. The codes is complex and the patterns are beautiful. In this workshop participants will discover the phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words and learn […]

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English Grammar Reading

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

by Jim Selby May 28, 2011

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 advance reading instruction. The work of […]

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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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That Hideous Strength: The Abolition of Man in Pictures

by Linda Dey June 3, 2009

What are the connections between these two great Lewis works? Explore how one informs the other and what we need to learn from both.

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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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Punkinz & Panicakes: A Case for the Liberally Educated Reading Teacher

by Dan Coupland May 28, 2009

Early reading instruction must be explicit and systematic. But does it have to be so scripted? Scripted instruction encouraged educators to be reading technicians, rather than reading teachers. This session will explore the linguistic knowledge that educators need to be liberally-educated reading teachers.

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