A Lesson in Grammar School Literature: Aristotle and Charlotte’s Web

Mary Clifford shows how to teach the classics at the Grammar School level.

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.

Mary Clifford

Mary Clifford has taught in the Grammar School at the Geneva School of Boerne for seven years and has over fifteen years of teaching experience in various fields, including writing curriculum for an Art History program in the public schools. She was a recipient of Geneva’s Paideia award for outstanding teacher of the year in 2011-12. She has two sons, one of whom graduated from Geneva this year. A native Californian, she and her husband are avid paddle boarders.

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