Trivium 101: Writing Truthfully: An Introduction to the Trivium

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Trivium 101: Writing Truthfully: An Introduction to the Trivium serves as a formal introduction to the life of liberal arts study, and trains students to read and write analytically. Students give special focus to the key logical skills necessary for good writing; they study and practice the three rhetorical appeals of logos, ethos, and pathos; and they focus on the structure of the formal essay. Students also learn the basic principles of Invention and Arrangement: how to discover arguments and different ways of ordering these arguments to a reading audience.

Through this three credit course students write four papers and four imitation assignments, a lot of writing but don't fear too much. They're short papers, mostly, and there's no final for this class.

Texts Used[edit]

  • Crider, The Office of Assertion
  • Selected great essays, poems, and speeches

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