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Rhetoric Stage Scope & Sequence

The central subject of the rhetoric stage is Rhetoric. This subject will teach the tool of the rhetoric stage. Rhetoric is essential because it teaches how to communicate, both in writing and in speaking. But Philosophy provides the subject matter that gives our children something of substance to communicate. Therefore these subjects are the heart of the rhetoric stage curriculum, again, having Biblical studies as the backbone of both. Maximum time should be allowed in the curriculum for these subjects, along with Great Books Literature and History. Other subjects can be added as the homeschool mom has the time, desire, and ability, or as is required by state homeschooling laws. Math and Science can be combined in the three years of the rhetoric stage: a child with a firm grasp of Algebra II is ready for the SATs and college. Science information becomes obsolete by the end of one college level science class spent learning that information; however, the Biblical and philosophical understanding of science never becomes obsolete. Please see the introduction to the Dialectic scope and sequence for more on streamlining the secondary curriculum.

The suggested course of study for the Rhetoric stage is one we are currently “field-testing” in our own homeschool, and follows our own past, present, and future course of study plans for our rhetoric stage children. As we finish homeschooling all our children, this suggested scope and sequence may likewise undergo revision. All that is to say, feel free to experiment as well. :-)

On the Use of Real Books in the secondary curriculum: getting the most out of assigned readings

Bible: read through the entire Bible in three years; study the Biblical worldview and apologetics
Basic Read through the Bible and study the Biblical worldview and apologetics
The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham (first year) with
Creation Evangelism for the New Millenium by Ken Ham (first year)

Always Ready by Dr. Greg Bahnsen (second year)
A Christian View of Men and Things by Gordon Clark (third year)
Extra additional study in the Biblical worldview and apologetics

Rhetoric: learning the art of communication
Basic one course in formal Rhetoric
Option 1: Rhetoric Online Tutorial with Schola Classical Tutorials
Option 2: Aristotle on Rhetoric by George Kennedy
Option 3: Rhetoric and Rhetoric I by James Stobaugh
Extra additional study in Rhetoric
Richard Weaver’s works on Rhetoric
Ad Herennium by Cicero (pseudo)
Institutio Oratoria by Quintilian

Writing: The research paper; developing style in writing
Basic learning to write a research paper and developing style
Warriner’s English Composition and Grammar by John Warriner with
Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity & Grace by Joseph Williams and/or
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
Extra Poetic Composition Online Tutorial with James Strain Tutorials
The Art and Craft of Poetry by Michael Bugeja

Philosophy: the history of philosophy and worldviews
Basic Thales to Dewey: A History of Philosophy by Gordon Clark and
Understanding the Times by Dr. David Noebel, or
History of Western Philosophy Online Tutorial with James Strain Tutorials
Extra War of the Worldviews by Gary DeMar
Seven Men Who Rule the World From the Grave by Dave Breese
Postmodern Times by Gene Edward Veith
Highly recommended:Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Language: reading Latin and Greek classics in Latin and Greek; modern languages

Literature: Great Books study
Option 1: Reading the Great Books at an individual pace
A Guide to the Great Books by Wes Callihan with
How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
Option 2: final three years of a six-year Great Books course
Great Books IV-VI Online Tutorial with Escondido Tutorial Service
Option 3: final three years of a four-year Great Books course
Great Books II-IV Online Tutorial with Schola Classical Tutorials or
English and World Literature Critical Thinking Course by James Stobaugh or
World, American, and English Literature by Robert Watson

History: applied history: law, economics, and politics
Basic Uncle Eric’s Model of How the World Works by Richard Maybury with
Law the biblical basis of law and justice (first year)
The Law by Frederic Bastiat and Sermon by Jonathan Mayhew or
Constitutional Law for Christian Students by Michael Farris or
Constitutional Law Online Tutorial by Michael Farris
Extra Christianity and Law by Stephen Perks
Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Great Trials in History by Betty Lou Kratoville
God, Man, and Law: the Biblical Principles by Herbert W. Titus
Lex Rex by Samuel Rutherford
Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England by Sir William Blackstone
Economics the biblical basis of work and productivity (second year)
Mainspring of Human Progress by Henry Grady Weaver with
Free Market Economics: A Reader by Bettina Greaves, or
Economic Philosophy Online Tutorial with James Strain Tutorials
Extra Man, Economy and the Environment in Biblical Perspective by E. Calvin Beisner
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin
What Has Government Done to Our Money by Murray Rothbard
Man, Economy, & State by Murray Rothbard
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Capital by Karl Marx
Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
Politics American and world political systems (third year)
Savior or Servant? Putting Government in its Place by David Hall and
Planned Chaos by Ludwig von Mises
Extra The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World by Douglas Kelly
Liberty of Conscience: History of a Puritan Idea by L. John Van Til
Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen
The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay
The Anti-Federalist Papers by Patrick Henry and John DeWitt
Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane
Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk
On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State by Joseph Strayer
Policraticus by John of Salisbury; Cary J. Nederman
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
Modern Fascism by Gene Edward Veith
Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Constitution of Liberty by Friedrich Hayek
Liberalism: the Classical Tradition by Ludwig von Mises

Math: applied mathematics or advanced mathematics (Algebra I and Geometry prerequisite)
Option 1: Basic College preparation mathematics
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs and
Mathematics: Is God Silent? by James Nickel
Optional but helpful: SAT Math Review by Chalkdust Company
Option 2: Advanced College preparation mathematics
James Strain Tutorials in Mathematics and
Mathematics: Is God Silent? by James Nickel
Optional but helpful: SAT Math Review by Chalkdust Company

Science: the Biblical philosophy of science
Basic Biblical Basis for Modern Science by Henry Morris
Extra Philosophy of Science and Belief in God by Gordon Clark
Christianity and the Nature of Science: a Philosophical Investigation by J. P. Moreland
Traditional high school study: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Exploring Creation with Biology by Jay Wile (first year)
Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Jay Wile (second year)
Exploring Creation with Physics by Jay Wile (third year)

Art: creating art, learning how worldviews affect art
Option 1: Artistic Pursuits Senior High Books 1 and 2 by Brenda Ellis
Option 2: Worldviews in Art by David Quine and Francis Schaeffer
Extra: Rhetoric stage art history

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