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Adult Lost Tools of Writing Level One Course

by
Wendy Maldonado

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How can we cultivate wisdom and virtue in our students? How does the art of rhetoric offer a means of practicing love and humility? And how can we teach writing to our students in a way that honors their humanity?

Through this 30-week course, participants will journey through the Lost Tools of Writing: Level 1 curriculum and several fairy tales where characters must struggle between good and evil. Christ blessed us with the faculties to combat these assaults, yet these skills need honing, and that’s what this course endeavors to do through the art of rhetoric. We’ll explore and wonder what wisdom and virtue look like in various circumstances as a means of growing in discernment through the moral imagination.
Participants will have the opportunity to employ the three canons of classical rhetoric: Invention—developing content; Arrangement—organizing content into outline form and adding needed content for presentation of arguments; Elocution—learning and applying different editing and stylistic skills. Learning to think deeply in these skills, participants will not only be able to write a well-organized and thorough persuasive essay using a variety of schemes and tropes to engage the audience but will also be able to carry these tools to other areas of teaching.

Course Objective: 

By the end of this writing course, participants will have the opportunity to experience full mimetic lessons of the entire LTW: Level 1 curriculum, write a well-organized and through persuasive essay using a variety of schemes and tropes to engage the audience, and contemplate how wisdom and virtue are cultivated through the art of rhetoric.

Course Texts & Materials

Required Texts:

  • Lost Tools of Writing: Level One, Student Workbook
  • Selected fairy tales will be provided

Recommended Texts and Materials: 

  • Lost Tools of Writing: Level One, Teacher Workbook
  • A Circe Guide to Reading
  • A notebook for commonplacing (a composition book works well)

Note on Other Recommended Materials During the first day of class, participants will walk through a method of organizing their work for this course, as a model of one way of organizing class notes and assignments.
While these materials are not required, students may find it helpful to organize their class materials with the following items:

  • 1.5 inch binder
  • 7-tabs insertable dividers
  • approximately 12-15 protective sheets
  • Loose leaf paper

Course Map

 Through the process of exploring the beauty of the Lost Tools of Writing: Level 1 and honing their skills in the art of rhetoric, participants will have the opportunity to submit their writing for assessment. While the essays will primarily follow a three-week cycle, there are a couple of instances where more challenging skills are spread over four weeks.