Course Descriptions

Classical Rhetoric: Lost Tools of Writing I
with Camille Hunt Goldston, Robin Furnish, Andrea Lipinski, and Jennifer Dow

This classical writing program teaches students more than the basic of composition. It also challenges and teaches them to think. By employing the three canons of classical rhetoric - invention, arrangement, and elocution - LTW reveals how to solve the three problems all writers face, cultivates deeper thinking, and provides a solid foundation for future learning. Its step-by-step instruction makes writing manageable even for students who lack experience or confidence in writing and its lessons in thinking, organizing, and expression will challenge and delight even experienced and eager writers.

Suggested Age/Background: 14 or with instructor and/or headmaster permission


Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the fall semester.
 In order to be accepted into the spring semester class, students must complete the fall semester or equivalent work in Lost Tools of Writing program.

Required Text: The Lost Tools of Writing, 5th Edition, Student Workbook, published by the Circe Institute


Estimated Work Load: 45 min./day


Classical Rhetoric: Lost Tools of Writing I - Classic Tales
with Robin Furnish

This classical writing program teaches students more than the basic of composition. It also challenges and teaches them to think. By employing the three canons of classical rhetoric - invention, arrangement, and elocution - LTW reveals how to solve the three problems all writers face, cultivates deeper thinking, and provides a solid foundation for future learning. Its step-by-step instruction makes writing manageable even for students who lack experience or confidence in writing and its lessons in thinking, organizing, and expression will challenge and delight even experienced and eager writers.

Mrs. Furnish's LTW I - Classic Tales course completes Level One with particular focus on the classic stories and fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers for class discussion and writing assignments.

Suggested Age/Background: 14 or with instructor and/or headmaster permission


Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the fall semester.
 In order to be accepted into the spring semester class, students must complete the fall semester or equivalent work in Lost Tools of Writing program.

Required Text: The Lost Tools of Writing, 5th Edition, Student Workbook, published by the Circe Institute


Estimated Work Load: 45 min./day


Classical Rhetoric: Lost Tools of Writing, Level II 
with Camille Hunt Goldston 

This course picks up where LTW Level One course ended and therefore is open only to returning students or those who have spoken with the instructor. Instruction will begin in the fall with a review of Level One material. Then the class will learn to write the Judicial Essay,  all while learning and mastering new Topics of Invention, Arrangement tools, and Elocution skills. Level 2 essays will include citations, a focus on the audience, problems of bias, and explorations of justice, laws, evidence, and motive. Students will use the updated Lost Tools Level 2 edition for this course. 

Note: Admission to the LTW II course is by invitation/permission only.  Students must be given permission to enter by their LTW I teacher.

Required texts: LTW Level II Student Workbook


Prerequisites: Completion of a LTW Level One course & instructor's permission

Suggested Age: 14 or with instructor and/or headmaster permission




The Lost Tools of Writing I & II for Adults 
with Andrea Lipinski & Camille Hunt Goldston  

Designed to help you teach your children, these LTW courses for adults will model the teaching process, while also helping you improve your own writing and thinking. This lively and conversational class will reveal the ancient truths behind the LTW program while at the same time enabling you to teach effectively and powerfuly on a day to day basis. 

Required texts: LTW Level I or II Complete Set

Prerequisites: None

Suggested Age: Adults


The Lost Tools of Writing for Adults - Independent Study

Designed to help you teach your children, this LTW course for adults will model the teaching process, while also helping you improve your own writing and thinking. This lively and conversational class will reveal the ancient truths behind the LTW program while at the same time enabling you to teach effectively and powerfuly on a day to day basis. 

Live classes will be recorded each week and the Independent Study option will allow you, (at a reduced tuition/fee compared to the regular class), to view every class for the whole year.

After enrolling you will receive a key that will allow you to view the class recordings anytime you like. All the classes will be available for viewing as soon as they are recorded, and you will maintain access to them for the rest of the year. You may view each lesson at your own pace, on your own schedule, as many times as you wish.

This Independent Study is the perfect option for those who wish to study at night, to pick and choose which classes to watch, or to hear the instruction over and over.

Required texts: LTW Level I Complete Set

Prerequisites: None

Suggested Age: Adult

Offered: At your leisure. See the LTW Adult Class for details about when the classes begin. Recordings will become available once that class starts in August. 

 

Latin I & II
with Buck Holler

Using Lingua Latina per se Illustrata by Hans Orberg, the ultimate goal of the Latin program is to attain mastery and command of the language in order to read Latin classics and to understand the Latin authors in their language. This is effectively achieved through an active use of the language — writing and speaking in Latin. 

These courses are taught entirely in Latin, with students first learning the meaning of words and phrases in context.  The consistent repetition of essential vocabulary and grammatical forms through a written narrative and oral instruction are complimented by a persistent study of Latin grammar.

Level One covers all the fundamental elements of Latin grammar, while Level Two will introduce students to Latin authors and Roman history at a more advanced level. 

All students need to begin with Level One even if they have had Latin in the past. Because of the nature of the course, it requires the student to begin thinking in Latin. In addition to understanding Latin, the course requires the student to produce Latin using correct grammatical structures, which is a more advanced skill. 

Required texts: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana

Prerequisites: None

Suggested Age: 14 or with instructor and/or headmaster permission