How to Read a Book: Teaching Reading Comprehension in the Grammar School Years

Allison Buras July 17, 2017

Presented at:
SCL Summer Conference 2017


Many would summarize a classical education by the pithy phrase "Read and Discuss." Reading quality literature is at the heart of what we do as classical schools. Journey with us as we walk through the various sources that we have turned to for guidance on teaching students how to read well, and learn how we have married what we find to the best of these different approaches. Gleaning from Aristotle's Four Causes. How to Read a Book, Spalding's Attributes of Quality Literature, and more contemporary approaches such as Mosaic of Thought and Notice and Note, we'll share a cohesive approach to helping children learn to drink deeply from the well of the literary arts. We'll also share some pitfalls to be aware of when borrowing from contemporary sources that are infused with a philosophy of moral relativism. We will leave time for you to make recommendations of sources that have been fruitful in your own journey.


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Allison Buras

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