Surprise Scholé Academy

Dialectic Class Descriptions and Supply List



The Great Conversation I

In this course, Dialectic students will immerse themselves in the Great Conversations from biblical and classical civilizations. Through readings of ancient literature and the great thinkers as well as through lively discussions, their minds will be enlightened, trained, and developed while their hearts are turned toward what is long-lasting and true. Students will be required to read several book selections from Veritas Press’s Omnibus I curriculum.

In addition to the Great Conversation, students will also spend one semester on the formal study of poetry and another semester learning how to write original stories.

In Class Curriculum: Omnibus I Student Text, 4th Edition, Book Selections from primary booklist, Art of Poetry, Poetry Journal (recommended).

At Home Recommendations: Students will complete weekly reading assignments and writing assignments.


This class is designed to teach Latin in an inviting and creative way. The student will be trained in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives. Lessons teach mnemonic aids (songs and chants) that enable students to learn Latin with ease and delight. Note: this is the first book in the series, therefore there are no class prerequisites.

In Class Curriculum: Latin for Children Primer B (full set)

At Home Recommendations: Students will complete weekly assignments from Latin for Children Primer B.

Public Speaking

“A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something.” -Plato

In this dynamic speech course, students will learn how to speak effectively through imitation and speech writing. The students’ skills will be honed through a variety of exercises. Students will be given many opportunities to practice their developing public speaking skills while they present at least four types of speeches: self-introduction, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive.

In Class Curriculum: IEW Bootcamp and Try it! Speech I: Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills

At Home Recommendation: Students will have weekly presentations to write and practice.


Dialectic students will delight in this cartography course. This course offers a blend of history, geography, and art. The instructor will utilize a variety of teaching techniques including hands-on activities, engaging memorization instruction, step-by-step drawing lessons, and tracing practice. The final project will be a hand-drawn world map produced from memory. Students will be well prepared to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to other areas of study.

In Class Curriculum: Mapping the World with Art and Trick Geography World.

At Home Recommendation: Students will be completing weekly reading assignments along with tracing and freehand map renderings.


Dialectic Student Supply List



Public Speaking


  • 1” Three-ring binder
  • Literature Selections from Omnibus I Primary (you may choose to check these books out at the library):
    • Gilgamesh
    • The Codes of Hammurabi and Moses
    • The Odyssey
    • The Landmark Herodotus/Herodotus for Boys and Girls
    • Oresteia Trilogy
    • Plutarch's Lives Vol. 1
    • The Theban Trilogy
    • The Last Days of Socrates
    • Early History of Rome
    • The Aeneid
    • The Twelve Caesars
    • Julius Caesar
  • Omnibus I Student Text, 4th Edition & Teacher CD
  • Art of Poetry (student edition)
  • Poetry Journal (recommended)
  • Student Planner
  • Latin for Children Primer B (Full Set)
  • IEW Bootcamp (hardcopy or digital)
  • Try it! Speech I: Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills (digital student workbook only)
  • Supplies
  • Tracing Paper or Copy Paper
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Art pen or ultra-fine tipped sharpie
  • Mapping the World with Art (hardcopy or digital)
  • Trick Geography World (student book)