We invite maturing writers to join us to
produce eloquent and well-organized persuasive essays.
Once students have mastered the building blocks of writing through the IEW program, they are ready to learn a new structure, which is just what the Lost Tools of Writing (LTW) supplies. Generally, this program level is appropriate for students around age 12-15 or grades 6-9.
The Lost Tools method supports maturing writers who are emotionally and academically ready to begin communicating and defending truths. In the LTW program, students read literature and respond to it by identifying and analyzing actions that were taken by the characters. The goal is twofold: 1) to produce eloquent and well-organized persuasive essays and 2) to teach students how to reason well. The LTW program lays a solid foundation for students in the art of reasoning and eloquent communication.
In our LTW classes, students learn both writing and thinking skills, such as:
- Essay Writing: Schemes, Tropes, Editing, Exordium, Division, Narratio, Thesis, Proofs, Arguments, Refutation, Conclusion, Amplification
- Material Logic: Common Topics (Definition, Comparison, Circumstance, Testimony, Relationship)
There are three levels in the LTW program. It is common to repeat levels for mastery or depth of understanding. Typically it takes students four years to complete all three levels.
We teach using Lost Tools’ student workbooks.
To learn more about the Lost Tools method, visit the Circe Institute.
2023-24 Group LTW Classes
Lost Tools of Writing Level 1 (Grades 6-7) — Featuring eight essays and a review lesson, LTW I teaches more than a dozen schemes and tropes as well as numerous skills and techniques for coming up with ideas. Thursdays 4:45-5:45p ET, taught by Mrs. Rebekah Gilbert
Lost Tools of Writing Level 1 (Grades 8-9) — Featuring eight essays and a review lesson, LTW I teaches more than a dozen schemes and tropes as well as numerous skills and techniques for coming up with ideas. Mondays 6:00-7:00p ET, taught by Mrs. Rebekah Gilbert
These grade listings are suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to discuss which setting is best for your child!
Group Class Information
Class Size: 6
Duration: September 11, 2023 to June 21, 2024
Breaks: No class will be held November 20-24, December 25-January 5, February 19-23, April 8-12
Tuition: $25 registration fee for new students; tuition is $2340, payable in four installments of $585 each. You may pay in full for a 5% discount.
Materials: Students will need the Lost Tools Student Workbook and a copy of IEW’s Portable Student Walls (approximately $50 total).
The minimum enrollment required for our group courses is four (4) students. Rose Writing Center reserves the right to cancel this course in the event that fewer than four students enroll. Students enrolled in a canceled course will be duly notified and may choose to either receive a full refund or transfer to another course by Rose Writing Center.