The Apprenticeship curriculum operates on a three-term rotation in which each term corresponds with one academic year. Thus every apprentice completing three consecutive years will cover all of the selected literature. For example, an apprentice who joins during Term B advances to Term C and concludes with Term A.  Each term works through The Lost Tools of Writing; David Hicks' influential book, Norms and Nobility; and three selections from classical literature. Titles are subject to change.

Term A:

  • Homer: Iliad
  • Plato: Gorgias
  • Shakespeare: Hamlet
  • David Hicks: Norms and Nobility
  • Dante: Divine Comedy
  • The Lost Tools of Writing

Term B:

  • Homer: Odyssey
  • Plato: Meno
  • Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
  • David Hicks: Norms and Nobility
  • Dante: Divine Comedy
  • The Lost Tools of Writing

Term C:

  • Virgil: Aeneid
  • Plato: Phaedrus
  • Shakespeare: The Tempest
  • David Hicks: Norms and Nobility
  • Dante: Divine Comedy
  • The Lost Tools of Writing

Apprentices and journeymen write several essays on the assigned readings and post regularly on the apprenticeship forum. 
In addition, participants have the opportunity to learn and practice classical modes of instruction (Mimetic and Socratic) at the retreats.  All apprentices apply the skills learned to their own teaching in the classroom or at home.

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