Great Books

Brief Description of 3-in-1 Great Books Courses:

Traditio NostraOur “Traditio Nostra” great books courses are 3-in-1 classes that integrate Literature, Philosophy, and Theology into a single reading sequence. The class format is that of a “great books” seminar–students read primary works from the great authors and authoresses of Western Civilization and then discuss them in a round-table format, thus joining what has been referred to as the “Great Conversation.” The students learn to read, listen, speak, relish, and dispute the true, good, and beautiful things that “our tradition” has to offer.

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Detailed Descriptions 

7th Grade: Great Books Primer ~ Western Civilization

This course is an introduction to the Great Books method and to western civilization, covering all three of the historical cycles found in our Great Books courses: Ancient & Classical Times, the Christian Age, and Modern Times. Readings are no more than a few pages and the discussions are specifically crafted for younger students. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

8th Grade: Great Books 1 ~ Ancient & Classical Times

This course covers the three great, ancient contributors to the West: the Hebrews, the Greeks, and the Romans. It is both a Literature and Socratic Discussion course. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

9th Grade: Great Books 2 ~ The Christian Age

This cycle covers the great age of synthesis: from the coming of our Lord to the Renaissance. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

10th Grade: Great Books 3 ~ Modern Times

This cycle covers from the beginning of the Enlightenment to the Present. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

11th Grade: Great Books 4 ~ America

12th Grade: Great Books 5


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