Self-Study Short Course for the Great Books

Miniature painting of Dante Alighieri by Betsy Marsch

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

- T.S. Eliot


Students learning about the Great Books, or studying meaningful literature and history, are facing their first big essays about this time in the semester. In September and October I met with a few students online to go through a thirty-page document* I have used for almost two decades to help Great Books students prepare for their essays.


The course Writing Skills for Literature and History, offered through the education website WizIQ, allows students to work independently through the material in about five sessions, with the help of 30-50-minute audio-video-Power-Point recordings of our meetings this year. Topics include thesis, comparison, description, strong verbs, quotation techniques, and the all-important introduction and conclusion. The course can be completed within a week but is easily spread out over several weeks. It is appropriate for grade 7 through early college years and could be of great use to homeschooling parents and new (or weary) teachers.


Click here to explore Writing SKills for Literature and History .


Please consider enrolling in this brief course, just $30, and let me know in the comments or via email if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing your favorite writing assignment - each student is encouraged to choose one to send for private evaluation.


*P.E.P Talk, in its original form, adapted for this course

(Painting image courtesy Betsy Marsch. TS Eliot, a minuscule 1" x 1.25")

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Cindy Rinaman Marsch

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