Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Charles Ruhl

Committee Member

J. Frederick Reynolds

Abstract

This thesis begins by proposing that all five classical canons are an ideal theory for guiding any writing pedagogy. The majority of the thesis, then, details how Montessori writing instruction synergistically exploits these canons to create a powerful pedagogy. Devised by Maria Montessori in the late 1800s, her instruction displays standard and nonstandard applications of invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Because Montessori writing instruction begins in preschool, this thesis concludes with an exploration of the potential benefits of introducing a classical curriculum before college.

DOI

10.25777/9jc9-ft22

ISBN

9780591485677

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