Using Tapestry of Grace at the dialectic level becomes more straight forward for my family. History, geography, and literature are the main subjects we’re focusing on this year. We begin to truly read, write, and discuss at this level.
Tapestry of Grace at the Dialectic Level
History: At the dialectic stage, we complete the core history readings, in-depth readings, and textbook assignments. I use the alternatives to substitute for books used briefly that are not available at the library. Otherwise, I do my best to keep to the assigned reading list.
Rather than have my dialectic student answer the accountability and thinking questions, she’s currently outlining the readings instead. My goal is for my children to be able to quickly and skillfully create an outline of their readings before high school, both for note-taking and writing purposes.
Sometimes I hand out the dialectic evaluation to be completed as a worksheet. It’s often mind maps or charts that cover the same information as the accountability questions do, but it’s more enjoyable than answering the questions.
On Fridays we sit down to discuss the dialectic readings. Sometimes I have my rhetoric students join the dialectic discussion. The difference between the two discussions is that the dialectic focuses more on what happened and why.
The rhetoric focusses on analyzing the events and often begins with a statement to the effect of ‘run through the dialectic discussion for a review of the events covered’. So we run through the dialectic discussion as a group before excusing dialectic students and running through the rhetoric discussion.
Geography: Map Aids has the necessary maps ready to print. I print the maps, and I’m currently printing and posting the teacher’s map in the kitchen for the children to copy. I’ve been amazed, ever since we started Story of the World 12 years ago, how much geography the children learn just doing map work every week.
Literature: The weekly literature reading is assigned, and I expect the worksheet to be completed. The later editions of Tapestry of Grace includes a short literature discussion for the dialectic level. Over the course of the year, we cover the literary terms the rhetoric level is expected to know.
Fine Arts and Activities: There are not many reading assignments covering fine arts at the dialectic level, although activity books are still assigned. My 8th grader isn’t thrilled with the activities, so we’re skipping them.
In many ways I find Tapestry of Grace easier at the dialectic and rhetoric levels. The children read their books, complete the worksheets, do a written assignment of one sort or another, and discuss what they learned.
My responsibilities are to ensure the books I choose are available and assigned, the children understand their written assignments, and to read the teacher’s notes in preparation for the discussion.
Read other posts in the How to Use Tapestry of Grace series
- How I Use Tapestry of Grace: Books
- How I Make Purchasing Decisions for Tapestry of Grace.
- Placement in Tapestry of Grace
- What Subjects to Choose From Tapestry of Grace’s Buffet
- Crazy Friday Approach to Tapestry of Grace
- Preschool Using Tapestry of Grace
- Lower Grammar with Tapestry of Grace
- Upper grammar with Tapestry of Grace
- Tapestry of Grace at the Dialectic level
- Tapestry of Grace at the Rhetoric level