The Lost Tools of Writing is a high school-level classical rhetoric curriculum that teaches the persuasive essay. But it is more than a writing program; it is at heart a thinking program. Students learn to ask questions using the common topics to help them gather and arrange ideas and information from which they are able to derive and express theses and supporting points. These skills can be applied to every other kind of writing (and decision-making) they'll ever have to do!
In this fast-paced summer intensive meeting twice a week, students will write eight Level One essays, completing a cycle of invention, arrangement, and elocution every week. Interactive class time will be spent discussing the canons and tools and working through lots of examples, while out-of-class homework assignments will provide opportunities for application and further practice. Students should be prepared to spend additional hours each week between classes reading selections from Tales of Wonder and completing written assignments; the teacher will assess all timely submissions.
Suggested Age: 14 years and up
Prerequisites: Some background in grammar and paragraph writing
- The Lost Tools of Writing Level One - Student Workbook (5th Edition)
- Tales of Wonder (Volume I): 8 Essential Fairy Tales + Discussion Questions
- Tales of Wonder (Volume II): 8 More Fairy Tales + Discussion Questions
Registration Numbers: Minimum 6; Maximum 14