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Rhetoric at Your School: Centerpiece or Add-On?

More than likely, your school views its Rhetoric program as a distinctive. It is an aspect of your school that sets it apart from other schools in your geographic community and it is something that allows your constituencies to rest assured that you really are offering a Classical curriculum. But can you say in all […]

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 […]

Studying Rhetoric for College Success: How the Study of Classical Rhetoric Can Prepare Students to Excel in Higher Education

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 […]

Recovering the Humanity of Rhetoric

Rhetoric is more than just winning arguments or persuading opponents. It is the act of bringing two minds into harmony; it is the act of harmonizing a community. Rhetoric and its canons, Invention, Arrangement, Elocution, Memory, and Delivery, are themselves designed to harmonize. They are, moreover, designed to honor the humanity of our audience, our […]

An Introduction to Rhetoric: 34 Terms You Should Know

Ever wondered what goes on in the rhetoric classroom? This workshop teachers the essential concepts covered in a rhetoric course – perfect for teachers curious about how this master discipline ties in with their own. We will create a mind map for these 34 terms, a one-page handy visual of the essential concepts of the […]

Whence Rhetoric for The Good Life?

Most, if not all, classical educators acknowledge the importance of rhetoric in the curriculum of the liberal arts. Many also recognize that the skills of rhetoric are not limited to one or two classes taken on the subject and persuasive writing or public speaking, but are inculcated throughout the education of a child; from getting […]

The Common Topics as Threads that Hold the Verbal Arts Together

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 […]

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 […]