Lost Tools of Writing: Level Two Complete Set 2nd Edition

Lost Tools of Writing: Level Two Complete Set 2nd Edition

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The Level Two Complete Set includes a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, and a card to access the online Instructional Videos.

The newly revised Lost Tools of Writing Level Two, 2nd Edition course features eight new lessons and encourages your students to dig deeper, challenging them to think more clearly. Building on the introductory Persuasive Essay instruction of Level One, course study is divided between the Deliberative Essay and the Judicial Essay (the previous edition covered only the Judicial Address). The three Canon framework (Invention, Arrangement, Elocution) continues.

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The Lost Tools of Writing Level Two features eight new lessons (and thus eight new essays), each of which enables you and your students to dig - and think - deeper.

In LTW I, your students learned the basics of constructing a persuasive essay. By implementing the three canons of classical rhetoric - Invention, Arrangement, and Elocution - your young writers learned the process of crafting a coherent written argument, starting with the blank slate and ending with a complete and thorough essay. Our goal in LTW I was not so much to worry about the kind of persuasive essay the students were writing so much as it was to ensure they were growing increasingly comfortable with the steps necessary to create it.

In LTW II, however, you'll continue your study of classical rhetoric by studying the judicial address, which refines the persuasive essay taught in LTW I. So just as the elements of LTW I build upon one another, so LTW II builds upon LTW I.

Through the eight lessons/addresses in LTW II, your students will work within the framework of the three canons, but each will be aimed at this new kind of address. This familiarity will empower you as a teacher and will provide confidence for your students.

Much is familiar: You will recognize the invention charts, the arrangement templates, and much of the format. But a lot is new as well. Featuring clarified teaching materials (with new discussion tips, simplified assessments steps, and improved examples), this new edition is the ideal follow-up for any teacher or student who is familiar and comfortable with LTW I.

The complete set includes a subscription to our online, streaming instructional videos on Vimeo.



Category Description for Lost Tools of Writing:

Teaching students to think and to communicate ideas--it's a large goal and a worthy one. It's also the classical way of approaching the skills of rhetoric to focus on the thinking that leads to good writing. Lost Tools of Writing provides a thorough breakdown of skills, tools and basic principles to learn and use in the step-by-step process of developing the art of communication. After all, (in their words) "writing on paper, parchment, or a screen is only a record of something that has previously happened in the mind."

Students and teachers have typically struggled with some universal writing challenges: coming up with ideas, putting ideas in order, and expressing ideas appropriately. Classical rhetoric consists of five Canons (principles/laws). The first three of these define the writing process, providing solutions to these three universal writing challenges: Invention (ideas), Arrangement (ordering of ideas), and Elocution (expression of ideas) are explained and then incorporated into lesson exercises and assignments.

Aiming at "creative discipline" as well as "disciplined creativity," there are 28 weeks of instruction; three weeks for each of nine lessons, each producing an essay or address plus one introductory week. The four-day week has the general expectation that the teacher is meeting with students twice each week with the student completing independent work on two other days. Teacher contributions include concept presentation and development as well as discussion. Instruction is based on teacher/student interaction and support for the teacher is impressive. There are instructional videos for the teacher (lifetime access available free from the publisher's website for the program's purchasers), lesson plans are thoroughly developed, and extensive samples are provided. Additionally, there is a solid orientation to the "tools."

The Teacher Guide for each level is the teacher's companion and foundation; a very necessary component. It provides a thorough explanation and introduction to classical writing and to the way it is developed in the Lost Tools. Then follows a proposed Plan of Action, a Year-at-a-Glance Chart, a Lesson Sequence, and (most importantly) the comprehensive Lesson Plans with samples and worksheets. An impressive set of Appendices (How to Edit with checklists, Guide to Assessment with rubric, Essay templates, On Mimetic Teaching (summary of type of teaching used in LTW), FAQs, Glossary, Essential/Recommended Resources, Lesson Summaries, and Sample Essays) complete the Guide.

The Student Workbook provides worksheets for the lesson exercises, essay templates, and Appendices (Self-Edit Checklists, Sample Essays, Glossary, and Lesson Summaries). The student uses this to complete the preparatory assignments leading up to the crafting of each Lesson's essay assignment. One Student Workbook (not reproducible) needed per student.

The Teacher/Student Set includes the password necessary (and found only in the Teacher/Student Set) to access the instructional videos from the publisher's website.

Level One begins with the assumption of some writing instruction/experience (9th grade, or a middle schooler with some writing prep could be ready for the course, or even upper level high schooler swould profit from the course if their writing instruction had been minimal). Students construct persuasive essays, with a thorough coverage of all the basic classical tools of writing. The Handbook of Types available for this level provides additional examples taken from classic stories.

A newly revised Level Two refines the study of classical rhetoric by focusing on the Deliberative Essay and the Judicial Essay. These are more specific, more refined Persuasive Essays. There are eight lessons (review lesson plus seven essays) in this course and students will continue to work within the framework of the three Canons: invention, arrangement, and elocution. Guiding/mentoring by the teacher is continued.

Level Three’s focus is Deliberative Address. This is a combined teacher-student volume with instruction written directly to the student but still relying on teacher-led discussion. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
7
Grade End
12
Format
Other
Brand Name
Circe Institute
Weight
3.4 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.88" x 1.12"
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LTW 1 was fantastic and this book continues to build on the skills of a writer!
Heather P on Oct 6, 2021
I need it for my homeschool student.
Lydia K on Jul 13, 2021
LTW 1 was fantastic and this book continues to build on the skills of a writer!
Heather P on Oct 6, 2021
We enjoyed Level I and decided to continue.
Carla H on Jul 15, 2021
I need it for my homeschool student.
Lydia K on Jul 13, 2021
I enjoyed the teaching I saw on line
Kimberly K on Oct 6, 2020
We used level 1 and think it is great!
Cindy G on Sep 1, 2020
Taking the online course with Circe this summer. I'm a homeschool mom and tutor.
Alaina R on May 27, 2020
Really like the level 1 as it helped my daughter write better persuasive essays. Level 2 should be great!
Susan on May 14, 2020
I used Level one and it was effective in teaching my daughter to write Willing to try level two to continue to improve her writing.
Shirley B on Jul 18, 2019
Circe Instutite Level 2 requirement
Jennifer D on Jul 16, 2019
We used Level One! Method used makes sense to middle school reluctant writers of essays. First, how to find ideas and support for your "issue", how to organize your ideas to interest, persuade and keep your audience interested, how to edit and add style to give an essay punch.
Diane F on Aug 17, 2016
We enjoyed Level I and decided to continue.
Carla H on Jul 15, 2021
I enjoyed the teaching I saw on line
Kimberly K on Oct 6, 2020
What works are used in the example questions and essays at this level?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2022
BEST ANSWER: It is my understanding that, while they use various books and sources as examples, you select your own literature or other sources to work through the lessons with.
Is this the most recent 2022 updated version?
Lauren on Apr 20, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Newly revised, The Lost Tools of Writing Level Two, features eight new lessons (and thus eight new essays), each of which enable you and your students to dig - and think - deeper.
Is the Teacher's Guide exactly like the Student Guide except for having answers/examples?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No, the TG is much broader. The Teacher Guide for each level is the teacher's companion and foundation; a very necessary component. It provides a thorough explanation and introduction to classical writing and to the way it is developed in the Lost Tools. Then follows a proposed Plan of Action, a Year-at-a-Glance Chart, a Lesson Sequence, and (most importantly) the comprehensive Lesson Plans with samples and worksheets. An impressive set of Appendices (How to Edit with checklists, Guide to Assessment with rubric, Essay templates, On Mimetic Teaching (summary of type of teaching used in LTW), FAQs, Glossary, Essential/Recommended Resources, Lesson Summaries, and Sample Essays) complete the Guide.
What edition is this? I need the 2017 version.
A shopper on Aug 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This is the 2nd edition, and it was published in 2017.
Does the Lost Tools of Writing 2 include access to the digital teaching lessons?
Eva on Jul 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes, when you purchase the Teacher Edition, you have access to free instructional videos from the publisher's website.
Does the Lost Tools of Writing 2 include access to the digital teaching videos?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes, access to the videos is included. They are accessed via the Circe Institute site with a simple password which is included with the curriculum. However,, make sure you buy the one which says it includes video access; it is optional and there is a price difference.
Good morning, Can you tell my why this curriculum is identified as sectarian? Thanks!
A shopper on Aug 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's a judgment call, I'm sure, but Part One starts off with this statement: "We contend that no books better train writers than the Bible (especially the King James Version for its poetic and literary qualities), Homer's Illiad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, and Shakespeare's better plays." Accordingly, there are biblical references and quotes throughout the series.
What is the year of publication and isbn number?
A shopper on Nov 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Both the Student Workbook and Teacher's Guide are copyrighted 2013. There is no ISBN.
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