Updated: Apr 13
Along with leading Engage Truth Ministries, I'm also a Challenge director with Classical Conversations. So, I thought it would be helpful to post several useful documents directly on this page instead of starting another website.
To go directly to the Challenge 1 documents, click here.
to Go directly to the Challenge 1 (west El Paso) key dates, click here.
Why do I direct in Classical Conversations?
Training students in debate, rhetoric, logic, research is a core part of what we do with Engage Truth Ministries and thus this is a perfect overflow in my goal of discipling students in a Biblical worldview.
If you are thinking about being a part of your local Classical Conversations community, I encourage you check out the website, https://classicalconversations.com/, and set up a meeting with one of directors nearest to you.
***Note to Parents interested in their students joining my Challenge community in West El Paso:
I will be directing Challenge A (7th grade equivalent) in 2023-2024 and will be requiring parents to read at least one of the resources below and be in agreement with the Classical Christian model (see links below). If parents don't understand and embrace the this model, then CC is probably not a good fit for them and it will be hard to understand why "community days" and curriculum is designed the way it is.
Also, I encourage current Challenge (Ch) 1 students and parents and potential Challenge A parents next year to read our 2023 Ch 1 orientation, particularly the section on "Rules of Decorum" in the document below.
Key dates for Spring Challenge 1 (West El Paso)
break 1- Feb 8th
March 1st (Wed)- Second Protocol Training luncheon
break 2- March 15th
March 22nd- First round of Team Policy Debate (wk 10)
March 29th- Third Protocol Training Luncheon & second round of Debate
April 12th- Fourth Protocol Training Luncheon
April 19th- (wk 14)- projects that are due this week:
Second Individual Event speech
Shakespeare project due
Friday, April 21st- Official Protocol event- Café Central and El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Sun, April 23rd- End of Year Celebration with all Westside CC community (2-3:30pm at the Yates home
April 26th- week 15-Blue Book/final Ch 1 community day.
Stock Market report
Cost of Living project both due on week 15.
Below are several helpful links and downloads for Challenge 1 for my current (2022-2023) students:
1. Caleb's Challenge Catechism- click here to view
2. Protocol Manual for Westside Challenge 1 (below)
3. Grammar (Latin)
Memrise.com- Latin online vocabular flashcards (search for Henle first Year Latin without typing)
Latin Tutorial Youtube- this document here recommends lessons that correspond with the upper Henle 1 lessons 1-42
National Latin Exam website- nle.org - I highly recommend taking this test every year and downloading the test from past years to practice for the current upcoming test.
Download a master vocabulary list for free at Magistra Jones' website here.
Latin Vocab (Lessons 1-42)
Latin Vocab (Henle year one lessons 1-29. This one has good formatting)
Noun & Verb charts:
Latin Jeopardy game
How to make Latin fun (ideas for Directors)
Team Policy Debate Judges Form
What are you doing during Team Policy debate for each role?
Help with preparing the Negative Case
Sample Negative Constructive Outline
Rebuttal Preparation Script (*NEW)
Cost of Living and Stock Market Rubric
Tips for the Stock Market Project
Directions to watch the free teaching videos on each of the Apologia Science textbook modules:
1. click on "online learning" on the Apologia Science website and then "video on demand" and then "catalog."
2. Click on to the "Exploring creation physical science section." It should say "free one-year access."
3. watch the videos via your vimeo account.
Director SNAP packet
Research paper help
Another document to help with the research paper
Sample research papers: (new)
How to write an Abstract Document: (new)
Example of an abstract by Dr. Whitmore (new)
Click here to see Dr. Whitmore's abstract on his research on the Coconino Sandstone
6. Logic (Math)- Coming soon
7. Exposition (reading & writing)-
Comparison essay how to (*NEW)
8. Reasoning- coming soon