School of Rhetoric

The Trinitas School of Rhetoric includes grades 10-12 and corresponds to the rhetoric stage of the trivium. In the rhetoric phase, students synthesize the knowledge and understanding gained in the grammar phase and analyzed in the logic phase. The focus is on the digestion and expression of information. Students continue their studies in Magna Trditio and Logic and begin the study of Greek as well as both theoretical and applied Rhetoric.

The Traditio class combines history, literature, and theology into an integrated whole, studying chronologically through the great books of the Western tradition in grades 10-12. The focus is on reading the primary texts and not just books about the texts, building into the students a Christian worldview. Students spend class time sitting comfortably,  reading aloud, and analyzing literature.


Tenth Grade

Magna Traditio (Literature & History)

  • Plato’s Republic
  • Gilgamesh  
  • The Apocrypha
  • Enuma Elish: Babylonian Genesis
  • Theogeny and Works and Days by Hesiod
  • Theban Plays by Sophocles
  • Silmarillion by Tolkien
  • Till We Have Faces by Lewis
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  • Old Man & The Sea by Hemingway
  • Odyssey by Homer

Bible – Genesis & The Second Tablet of the Law
Writing – Research Paper
Rhetoric I –  Theory
Foreign Language – Greek I
Math – Geometry
Science – Chemistry I
Physical Education – Team Sports II
Music – Music Theory II & Chorus
Art – Oil Painting


Eleventh Grade

Magna Traditio (Literature & History)

  • Augustine’s The City of God
  • Summa Theologica St. Thomas
  • Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy
  • Discarded Image by Lewis
  • The Song of Roland
  • Dante’s Purgatorio
  • Dante’s Paradiso
  • Machiavelli’s The Prince
  • Chronicles of the Crusades by  de Joinville, de Villehardouin, & Shaw
  • E. Spencer’s The Faerie Queene
  • Aristotle
  • Tristan and Iseult
  • The Aeneid by Virgil

Bible – The Gospels & Acts, Systematic Theology
Writing – Poetry & Short Fiction
Rhetoric II – Debate
Foreign Language – Greek II
Math – Statistics or Trig/Precalculus
Science – Physics
Physical Education – Personal Fitness I
Music – Rhetoric School Choir
Art – Aesthetics

Twelfth Grade

Magna Traditio (Literature & History)

  • Smith’s The Wealth of Nations
  • Hobbes’ Leviathan
  • Solomon Among the Postmoderns by Leithart
  • Democracy in America by de Tocqueville
  • Second Treatise on Civil Government by Locke
  • Richard III by Shakespeare
  • Communist Manifesto by Marx & Engels
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra Neitzsche
  • Robinson Crusoe by Defoe
  • Brave New World by Orwell
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy
  • Chesterton’s Orthodoxy

Bible – New Testament Epistles & Apologetics
Writing – Senior Thesis
Rhetoric III – Public Speaking
Foreign Language – Greek III
Math – Statistics or Calculus
Science – Chemistry II or An advanced science as enrolled at PSC or UWF
Physical Education – Personal Fitness II
Music – Rhetoric School Choir
Art – Aesthetics