In this course, classroom and homeschooling teachers will learn how to think about and teach all five cannons of the classical liberal art of rhetoric. You will be able to apply what you learn in this course to most rhetoric curriculums. Special emphasis will be given to McGuffey’s Readers, The Lost Tools of Writing, Writing & Rhetoric, Charlotte Mason’s practices of copywork and studied dictation, and a variety of theater and performing arts resources. Read the complete course description below.
In this course, you will learn how to think about and teach rhetoric from a logocentric perspective. Logocentric means that everything is oriented around and toward the truth. It is a movement to the truth and then a movement that carries the truth outwards both to the edges of our own souls and to the lives of others. So many times rhetoric is presented as a manipulative practice used by politicians and leaders attempting to control and sway the masses. This is not the true nature of rhetoric and such practices pervert the true end and power of authentic rhetoric.
This course is oriented toward understanding, practicing, and teaching authentic rhetoric. You will be able to apply what you learn in this course to most rhetoric curriculums. Special emphasis will be given to McGuffey’s Readers, The Lost Tools of Writing, Writing & Rhetoric, and Charlotte Mason’s practices of copywork and studied dictation. In addition, this course draws heavily on Scott Crider’s Office of Assertion, Corbett’s Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, and a variety of theater and performing arts resources.
- Will meet Wednesdays at 2:00 pm EST June 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd, 10th, and 17th
- Intimate class setting. Seating is limited. Do not delay in registering.
- Six 1.5 hour class meetings, which include a presentation and discussion.
- Class 1: The Purpose, Promise, and Power of Rhetoric
- Class 2: Invention
- Class 3: Arrangement
- Class 4: Elocution
- Class 5: Memory
- Class 6: Oration
- In order to get the most out of the course, there will be some homework to complete in between some of the classes.
- All class meetings will be held online through the Zoom online video conferencing software.
- All classes will be recorded and made available to course participants for viewing.
- Lifetime Access to our Private Facebook Group just for Course Participants
- Grading Rubric Templates for assessing students
- Lesson plan templates
- Instructions for setting up your year and teacher resources
Class 1: The Purpose, Promise, and Power of Rhetoric
This class explores the purpose, promise, and power of rhetoric. It gives you, the teacher, a vision for rhetoric and the paradigm in which we should teach it as classical educators concerned with the cultivation of wisdom and virtue.
Class 2: Invention
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2 The core task in the practice of rhetoric is the discovery of truth. Invention teaches us to ask the questions that are oriented to the discovery of truth. In this class, you will learn about the nature, power, and core skills of invention and how to teach and assess it.
Class 3: Arrangement
Once a person has thoroughly searched out a matter the next question rests on where it all fits. Arrangement helps a person see the natural divisions and categories of all that he has learned. In this class, you will learn about the nature, power, and core skills of arrangement and how to teach and assess it.
Class 4: Elocution
Have you ever wondered in conversation “How can I say this so the other person understands?” That is the central question we answer in the cannon of elocution. In this class, you will learn about the nature, power, and core skills of elocution and how to teach and assess it.
Class 5: Memory
“…written on their hearts”, Rm 2:15, is the sentiment expressed in the idea of memory as a canon of rhetoric. In this class, you will learn about the nature, power, and core skills of memory and how to teach and assess it.
Class 6: Oration
Oration at its core is about telling the truth about the words you use with the way you express them in voice and movement. It’s not just about the words. In the class, you will learn about the nature, power, and core skills of oration and how to teach and assess it.
About the Teacher
Jennifer Dow has completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program as a CiRCE certified Classical Teacher and has taught high school humanities, logic, rhetoric, and the fine arts since 2009 throughout the local and online homeschool community. Jennifer researches, writes, and speaks about classical teaching, serves as the director of the Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community, teaches online at St. Raphael School and the CiRCE Academy, works with Classical Academic Press on the Schole Groups team, and is the co-host of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. She is currently working on her first book, a memoir about her journey to becoming a classical teacher, her book is to be published by the CiRCE Institute
Jennifer Dow has spent the last five years year building and growing the Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community, where she and her team have developed a four-year language liberal arts course of study and a thorough system for coaching the skills of the language liberals: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.