Why You Need The Lost Tools of Writing

The Lost Tools of Writing, being a modern version of classical rhetoric and an application of the “Organon” (tool – these are the “lost tools” Dorothy Sayers was writing about) of Aristotle, is the foundation of everything you will study with the possible exception of mathematics.

It is the trivium.

LTW is, by far, the most efficient and the most essential curriculum material you will ever use.

  • It is the foundation for traditional, formal logic, because it teaches material logic.
  • It is the foundation for science, because it teaches scientific reasoning.
  • It is the foundation for literature, because it teaches how to read and imitate great writing.
  • It is the foundation for philosophy, because it teaches how to think through issues and gives the tools for doing philosophy.
  • It is the foundation for historical studies because it teaches how to read and respond to historical texts.

Let me push it a step further and say what I really think.

The Lost Tools of Writing provides tools for students without which they are not really educated.

And on top of all that, every teacher needs it because teaching is a rhetorical and thinking activity. Every teacher.

Give us a call and we’ll let you know how your school or home can plunge even more deeply into the glories of Christian classical education. (704) 786-9684.


2 Responses


    The Lost Tools of Writing has radically changed my teaching. I teach advanced English courses at a public magnet high school. During my first five years, I struggled with how to actually teach writing. Sure, I enthusiastically discussed literature and poetry, taught grammar, and assigned rhetorical papers. But I never discovered a “Theory of Everything” (to borrow a fun phrase from Stephen Hawking), a totalizing system that would link the domains of thinking/reasoning, reading, writing, and expression.

    The Lost Tools of Writing is that very system–holistic, all-encompassing. Implementing the program has allowed me to effectively teach students to think, read, and write well. LTW works through a building block method, proceeding block by block, or step by step. It is highly logical, systematic, and organized.

    Remarkably, LTW does as much for the teacher as for the student– every lesson is layed out in the didactic sequence. This greatly improves the teacher’s style/pedagogy. The didactic method is classical, and proven to be the most effective because it aligns with our nature–how we learn and come to know.

    Hence, LTW enriches teaching and learning, solidifies fields of knowledge. It elevates the educational process from the valley of modernity to the zenith of Antiquity.

  2. Amen! Last night I had the privilege of introducing many in my homeschool group to the subjects of invention, arrangement, and elocution. I am only, as the saying goes, one beggar showing another where to find bread, but Lost Tools of Writing is more than just “bread alone.” It is a feast! Andrew, I had no idea my students and I were accomplishing so much, but your post is true. I would go even farther and say I’m a better teacher because I’m learning from and interacting with other teachers who are on the same path.

    To paraphrase Scott Crider just a bit: “The best (place of learning) is a rhetorical community of friends, and the ultimate purpose of (learning rhetoric) is to teach (all of us) how to live within such a community with words so full of care that they release the light of billiance.”

    To build upon your last sentence: If we can’t apply the word “glory” to our school or homeschool….we need to find out why!


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