A Lesson in Grammar School Literature: Aristotle and Charlottes Web

Mary Clifford June 9, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 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 apply it to other disciplines of thought, concluding with the importance of teaching students to find God’s story within the story.


Classical Education Faith Grammar Literature Teaching


Mary Clifford
Mary Clifford is a Logic School Humanities teacher at the Geneva School of Boerne. She has taught at Geneva for nine years and is a former Grammar School Paideia Award winner for excellence in teaching. She and her husband have two sons and live in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.

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