The Challenge III Program
Challenge III students pursue a more fully embodied understanding and presentation of goodness, truth, and beauty through poetry, essays, readings, speeches, debates, and above all, conversations with one another.
Caesar and Cicero, Shakespeare and Plato, American history and poetry, as well as chemistry, logic, philosophy, and mathematics are the gardens in which they cultivate their conversations.
Through each area of study, students discover their unique place in the overarching story of mankind’s search for knowledge, justice, and God.
Using all five canons of rhetoric, Challenge III students hone the art of effective and beautiful communication with their fellow man, thereby more fully loving their neighbors as they love themselves.
All choices bring CONSEQUENCES.
Poetry and Shakespeare (First and Second Semesters)
Students read five Shakespeare plays, a guide that comments on the plays from a Christian perspective, and a book on poetry.
Students write an in-depth analysis of some aspect from each play and create a poetry anthology of their own work. In seminar, students lead and participate in discussions about each play and present memorized lines for dramatic interpretation.
Between plays, students present poetry readings and discuss poetic forms.
Caesar and Cicero (First and Second Semesters)
Through an ongoing study of Henle Second Year Latin, students continue to follow Caesar’s footsteps to his conquest of Gaul and to his final breath at the Senate in Rome.
Next, they turn to the great oratory of Cicero in Henle Third Year Latin. They dive into the speeches of his exceptional Roman statesmen as he skillfully defends the ideals of the republic against tyranny.
Students encounter the elements of stylistic devices applied to political eloquence. They witness the intrigue of Cicero’s day while gaining a deeper understanding of the art of rhetorical speaking.
American History (First and Second Semesters)
Students read and study the text, write and present essays that relate to various events in American history, polish presentation skills through a variety of forensic events, and compile events into a timeline.
In seminar, students participate in Socratic discussions about events and philosophical ideas that shaped America.
Chemistry (First and Second Semesters)
The chemistry seminar offers a combination of labs and discussion.
Students hone observation skills through hands-on labs and witness the consequences of chemical combinations.
Students build their own notebook, write lab reports, and complete additional research at home.
Pre-Calculus (First and Second Semesters)
Each week, students further their understanding and engage in discussion about assigned concepts from pre-calculus.
Conversations synthesize the ideas of relationships, shapes, higher order equations, variables, Euclidean proofs, and trig functions.
Students may work from the Saxon resource or any other math book of their choice, as the conversation centers around the universal building blocks of pre-calculus.
Philosophy (First Semester)
Students read, outline the text, and prepare discussion questions at home each week.
Besides examining the major ideas of influential philosophers, the students work on the five canons of rhetoric— invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery—and improve their presenting skills through student-led seminars.
Traditional Logic II and Socratic Dialogue (Second Semester)
Challenge II logic continues here with more emphasis on hypothetical rhetoric and categorical and complex syllogisms.
At home, students study the text, complete discussion questions, and write case studies of arguments.
In seminar, students study new forms and examine arguments or philosophical ideals for logical thought and validity.
Together, students will read Plato’s Meno twice, first to discuss virtue and whether it can be taught, and again to study the Socratic model.