Remembering a Speech – 77 Years Later

77 years ago today, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and tomorrow marks the 77th anniversary of one of the most significant orations in American history: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Declaration of War Upon Japan. The speech is significant for several reasons. It reminds us of the nation we once lived in. We hear the dignified tone of a great American leader, confident in his country, confident in his God. We are reminded that the President is a man under authority himself, as Roosevelt asks Congress to … [Read more...]

Introducing Picta Dicta for Groups!

Starting at 6 licenses, you can now purchase Picta Dicta for your group! This is ideal for any situation where a teacher or administrator (vs a parent) would oversee a group or class using Picta Dicta. The administrator account can set up each student, track progress and grades for each student, and add new students. Explore Picta Dicta Natural World for Groups Explore Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder for Groups Sight Sound Context Stories Definitions "The world's best system for … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Thwart Copiousness

 Be too cool to ask questions or learn anything new.  Try not to think hard, but if you must think, compartmentalize your thoughts.  Spend your free time indoors staring at a screen.  Fear ideas that differ from your own, and never read anything you disagree with.  Only be friends with people your own age who think like you.  Avoid people who know more than you.  Have no heroes.  Never travel far from home, but if you must, stay only in comfortable places.  Never think … [Read more...]

What will I learn in Fitting Words – 2nd half?

Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student is arranged around the five canons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. In the first half of this course, after laying the Christian philosophical and historical foundation of the subject, the text concentrated on constructing the first two canons: invention, and arrangement (primarily the six parts of a discourse). The text also covered the three artistic modes of persuasion: ethos, pathos, and logos … [Read more...]

The Old Western Culture Great Books List

Old Western Culture is a great books curriculum. But it has some differences with many other great books curriculums, as well as with your average great books list or printed series. The Old Western Culture great books list is a distinctly Christian list. It has all the famous favorites you'll recognized from something like the Britannica Great Books of the Western World, but it also includes books that are often left out of modern editions for various reasons, most often because they are from … [Read more...]

Fitting Words Rhetoric: Sample Lesson (Lesson 12)

Here is one full lesson from the Fitting Words Rhetoric curriculum so you can get a feel for how the course works. Each lesson of Fitting Words Rhetoric has two videos: Lesson and Application. In addition, there is an exam prep video for each of the nine exams throughout the course. We recommend students follow these steps while going through Fitting Words: Read the lesson in the textbook Watch the Lesson portion of the video course Work on the exercises in the Student … [Read more...]

Rhetorical Figures covered in Fitting words

The video course that accompanies Fitting Words Rhetoric begins each lesson with a review of a rhetorical figure. These are covered again in detail in lesson 27, but students will already be familiar with them and using them. Here is the list of what figures are emphasized (with examples) in each lesson. The Glossary/Index at the back of the textbook has definitions for each of these. Fitting Words – Rhetorical figure per Lesson 1. Parallelism / isocolon 2. Antithesis 3. Ellipsis / … [Read more...]

What do we mean by “Liberal Arts”?

s Christians recover classical Christian education, they are unearthing old treasures, once the possession of every educated man. Some of these treasures are words and descriptions–terms like “Trivium” and “Quadrivium,” “paideia,” and “liberal arts.” Of all these terms, “liberal arts” lays at the heart of what classical education is all about. So what did our forefathers mean by “liberal arts”? “Liberal” he word liberal has nothing to do with our modern use of the word in politics and culture. … [Read more...]

St. Crispin’s Day Speech Contest

Tomorrow is St. Crispin's Day! Record yourself reciting Shakespeare's famous St. Crispin's Day Speech, and post it to the Roman Roads Facebook page or email us the link. The best recitation of the speech will win a $20 Amazon Gift card, and a free Old Western Culture: Rise of England video set ($56 value) when it comes out aext year!nce UPDATE: New "Kids Edition" of this contest. Children 12 and under can recite 12 lines or more, with the best recitation winning a separate $10 Amazon Gift … [Read more...]

Augustine on the use of Rhetoric

Christians need to learn the tools of Rhetoric both to persuade and to gain wisdom and understanding of our times. "Since, then, the faculty of eloquence is available for both sides, and is of very great service in the enforcing either of wrong or right, why do not good men study to engage it on the side of truth, when bad men use it to obtain the triumph of wicked and worthless causes, and to further injustice and error?" —Augustine, On Christian Teaching (quoted in Fitting Words: Classical … [Read more...]

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