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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 focus on teaching them singularly, how can we do so in a way that most naturally leads to teaching the others? For instance, in the 2nd grade, how can grammar be taught in such a way that naturally leads into and resonates with dialectic? Or, in 11th grade, how can rhetoric be taught in such a way that draws from the student’s competency of grammar? The short answer is: The Common Topics. Join us for this session to learn why and how.