The Lost Tools of Writing: Level One

Small Group Lessons



Course Description:


The Lost Tools of Writing is a classical composition course that teaches the basic elements of a persuasive essay. While its name is the Lost Tools of Writing, the real mission of the course is to teach students the Lost Tools of Thinking. No student can write if they have nothing to say, and Lost Tools helps students to overcome that obstacle by teaching them principals of classical rhetoric.


In each essay, students will learn practical tools that train them in the classical Canons of Invention, Arrangement, and Elocution. In Invention, they choose compelling issues from books and generate ideas on what they will write about. During Arrangement, they strategically organize and connect their ideas. Lastly, Elocution is where they edit their own writing and imitate great writers by implementing figures of speech. This approach cultivates their confidence and ability to write anything, not just in a persuasive essay.


The Lost Tools of Writing: Level One is typically taught with nine essays, but I teach all the same material with seven essays. This means students will write a complete essay every four weeks. This modification allows students to have time to think and write better and not feel overloaded by too much homework from an outside class.


This course is paired with a literature component to feed student's minds with good ideas and good writing. A full year typically includes reading five or six books.


Lost Tools is excellent for high school students who understand how to write basic sentences and paragraphs, but need more formal training on how to come up with ideas, arrange them, and express them well.



Course Details:


2-semester course


In-Home or Online





Suggested Age: 14+

This course is for students who have some writing experience and can write basic sentences and paragraphs.


Cost (not including required materials): $600.00 for full year or $300.00 per semester


Required Materials:

The Lost Tools of Writing: Level One Student Book

Device with reliable Wifi, video camera, and microphone (for online classes)


Student Conduct and Virtue:

In all our classes we will conduct ourselves according to the biblical principal in Mathew 7:12, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)


We will practice the Student Virtues: Love, Humility, Patience, Constancy, Perseverance, and Temperance. As a class, we will pursue Truth, Goodness, and Beauty with kindness and respect towards each other.



Application Details


The Lost Tools of Writing: Level One

Class or Individual Tutoring Fall 2022 - Spring 2023


Cost: $600.00 per year or $300.00 per semester


Required Materials not included


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