Tapestry of Grace at the rhetoric level is very similar to how I use Tapestry of Grace at the dialectic level. History, geography, literature, and fine art are the subjects on which we focus. The students continue to read, write, and discuss.
Tapestry of Grace at the Rhetoric Level
History: We continue to complete the core history readings, in-depth readings, and textbook assignments. This is the level I invest in purchasing as many of the books as I deem wise.
On one hand I prefer to have the books so I can easily pull together an excellent high school education; on the other hand the boys are able to complete additional research in areas of interest. Refining their research skills is excellent preparation for future studies.
One son prefers to answer the accountability and thinking questions that Tapestry of Grace gives in the student activity pages. My other son prefers to write a history paper each week which goes into more depth on a topic in which he’s interested as The Well-Trained Mind advocates.
I’ve determined both the Tapestry of Grace guided questions and The Well-Trained Mind’s method of writing papers have merit, and so I allow the children to pick their preferred method.
I do have the evaluations for the rhetoric level. Sometimes I hand them out, other times I use the essays to practice essay tests or for an essay topic, and some weeks we skip them altogether.
It varies week to week depending upon what else is going on in our lives and our homeschool.
On Fridays we discuss the weekly readings. Occasionally I run the discussions as a group, combining the dialectic and rhetoric outlines. This year I’ve been doing the discussions separately, but I miss the large discussions we did last year when we sat down as a family.
Geography: Map Aids has the necessary maps ready to print. I post the teacher’s map in the kitchen, and the children copy from it.
Literature: Literature with Tapestry of Grace at the rhetoric level is challenging. It’s taken a couple of years for us to get our feet under us, so to speak. I hand out the student activity pages, the accountability and thinking questions are completed, and we discuss the readings on Fridays. Once a quarter I assign a literary analysis paper on one of the books we’ve covered.
I’ve enjoyed the variety that is assigned. Poetry, novellas, plays, and short stories are assigned as well as novels. Tapestry of Grace has given us a well-rounded literature program.
Fine Arts: My sons read the fine art reading assignment each week one is given. Otherwise I look for opportunities to expand our studies for a Fine Art Appreciation credit in high school. The boys have had the opportunity to try a choir and an art class, as well as field trips to the museum.
Tapestry of Grace at the rhetoric level truly shines. The work is challenging, the discussions are in-depth, and the teacher’s notes are a boon. It’s allowed me to pull together a high quality course of study for high school while retaining my sanity running a large household.
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