Teaching Grammar School Literature with a Rhetorical Lens

Colleen Dong June 6, 2016

Presented at:
SCL Conference 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 C. Booth in his book The Rhetoric of Fiction. It takes the principles found in that book, as well as from other scholars in the field of rhetoric, and applies them to K—6 classrooms. This session will discuss the rhetorical lens that can be applied to lessons surrounding fiction and will give intentional questions to ask and discussions to employ in order to prime the pump for future rhetorical analyses. The focus of the seminar will be on the narrator and the impact on a story because of the specific narrator chosen by the author. The instructor will also give two examples of how to employ these principles and tactics in the classroom in order to create a rich environment around reading. It will give an example through a short story and a picture book.


Fiction Reading Rhetoric Trivium


Colleen Dong
Colleen has been with The Cambridge School for the past five years. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in English. During her four years at Azusa, she had the opportunity to study abroad at The University of Oxford. While there, she gained a renewed appetite for quality education and desired to work at a school that intentionally educated and formed their students. After graduating, Colleen quickly found a home at The Cambridge School. Colleen is now working on her Master's in Rhetoric and Writing at San Diego State University.

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