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The Marriage of Morton J. Adler and Jeanne Chall: Teaching Analysis and Synthesis In the Great Books

Jeanne Chall’s five stages of reading development provide a theoretical framework for classical Christian educators and Adler’s Great Ideas provide an analytical framework to teach the discrete skills of analysis and synthesis in a Great Books reading program. Often, as teacher we do not go beyond modeling in our advance reading instruction. The work of these two great thinkers provides us with the tools of discrete skill instruction that enhance the effectiveness and the efficiency of our Logic and Rhetoric level reading instruction.