Studying Rhetoric for College Success: How the Study of Classical Rhetoric Can Prepare Students to Excel in Higher Education (cont’d)

Rhetoric seeks to prepare students to “observe all the available means” of persuasion, enabling them to more easily master every kind of writing from analytical reports to argumentative essays. Sadly, many high school educators seek only to have their students write longer papers with long lists of resources and citations, calling that “higher-level” work. The […]

Best Practices in Reading

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 […]

The Good Man Reading Well

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 […]

Teaching Grammar School Literature with a Rhetorical Lens

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 […]

Rhetorical Reading of Paradise Lost

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 […]

Grammar in a Dangerous Time: The Future of Spiritual Reading

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 […]

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

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 […]

American Classics: Robert Frost

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 […]

READING – The Logic of English

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 […]