Friday, May 26, 2017

Roman Roads Media: Fitting Words

Have you heard of Roman Roads MediaThey are classical Christian publishers, "with the goal of making high quality curriculum accessible, affordable, and flexible for the Christian homeschooler."

Roman Roads Media was founded in 2011 from the love of classical education and the desire to publish material for the homeschooler. 

If you are interested in either Latin, Logic, Poetry, History, Literature, or Rhetoric, take some time to browse their site. We've tried a few of their products in the past, but for now, I'm going to tell you a little about the Rhetoric product they offer, Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student

The complete Fitting Words curriculum includes five parts:

* A non-consumable, hardbound Student Textbook 
* A consumable Student Workbook 
* An Answer Key and Teacher's Guide 
* An Exam Pack 
* A video course which can be pre-ordered and is releasing soon but was not available at the time I placed my order.

In my opinion, Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student is an excellent choice for a high school Rhetoric curriculum. And according to the author, the text was written with one goal in mind: to help Christian high school students learn to speak with elegance and persuasion, through theory, imitation, and practice. 

So first of all, I love that the Textbook is hardcover. It includes 30 lessons that follow the classical five canons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Lessons include key concepts, famous orators of the past {with beautiful illustrations of each}, Thinking Deeper questions, quotes for Developing Memory, and suggestions for Reading Further. 

Speeches are assigned in later lessons so students can practice applying the concepts. I personally love this idea!

The Student Workbook goes along with each of the 30 lessons and includes 1-2 exercises for each lesson. The workbook is consumable and the pages are perforated so that each exercise and corresponding judging sheet can be removed. 

The Answer Key includes answers for all of the exercises and tests. It also includes one and two-year schedule examples, which I like.

The Exam Packet includes 9 exams covering all the major concepts from the course. Also included are test review sheets and speech judging sheets.

Again, I did not receive the Video Course, but, according to the information online, the author introduces and teaches through each lesson. It's available in multiple formats.

So what do I like about this curriculum?  


I like that it's comprehensive and introduces and reviews the classical five canons of rhetoric. 


I also like that it is Christian and scripture is used throughout the book. There are several speeches listed in the Appendix but what I think is most impressive is that every single speech in the Bible is listed by verse, speaker, intended audience, and title or quote. There are more than 500 listed!


I like that it introduces famous orators of the past. From Cicero, Aristotle, and Socrates to John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr.


What we need more than anything is for students to learn to speak with elegance and persuasion, confidently delivering well-prepared speeches and points of view in situations they encounter. 

Find Out More: You can find out more online at Roman Roads Media. The Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student Textbook Bundle is $115. The Video Course is $79 for streaming and $89 for Blu-Ray and streaming. It is recommended for high school students and above. 

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