How To Read A Book (An Intro to Liberal Learning) v1.2 by Jarett Sanchez


August 28, 2011 05:09 PM PDT

***First Year Teacher Edition***

In this, the second of a two part series, we cover the Trivium Skills:

Reading For Understanding
Taking Notes
Coming To Terms
The Paraphrase
Finding The Argument
Mental Concentration
Memory

Playing clips from Mortimer Adler’s dvd version of How To Read A Book, as well as a short excerpt from Rev. Edmund Opitz’ talk, The Liberating Arts, I outline for the audience a few essential skills that are required in order to obtain the most from a Trivium-based education. As the Trivium deals with the substance and structure of thought and language, it can be said to be a universal education, relevant to all human beings regardless of time and place.

This is a way to increase your intelligence.

Part 1 covers the introductory information on the Trivium Subjects and Method, while Part 2 covers the Trivium Skills.

Send feedback, criticisms, and appeals for collaboration to:
thenextsteppodcast@gmail.com

***Show Notes***

Center For The Study Of The Great Ideas:
http://www.thegreatideas.org/

“Philosophy is everybody’s business.”

Gnostic Media Podcast w. Jan Irvin:
http://www.gnosticmedia.com/category/gnosticpodcast/

Richard Grove’s podcast and networking site:
http://peacerevolution.podomatic.com/
http://tragedyandhope.ning.com/

The Trivium Binder:
http://triviumbinder.blogspot.com/

  13 comments for “How To Read A Book (An Intro to Liberal Learning) v1.2 by Jarett Sanchez

  1. September 12, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Magnificent goods from you, man. I have bear in mind your stuff previous to and you’re simply extremely wonderful. I really like what you have received right here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way through which you assert it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to stay it smart. I can not wait to learn far more from you. That is really a tremendous web site.

    • June 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

      As a beginner, I would like to say I found this extremely helpful. I am an undergraduate mature 2nd year student from Scotland studying for my psychology degree and feel like I can start applying some of these skills immediately to the vast amount of reading necessary to complete the course. Thank you! Also I will be purchasing some of the books and in particular the DVD you have recommended. Well done and once again thank you for your effort and time in making this podcast. Wendy :-)

  2. September 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    This made me snort for an extended time.

    • J Sanchez
      September 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Do you mean to say you didn’t like it? Brutally honest feedback is heavily encouraged here! Personally I thought the only saving grace of this episode was the Adler clips, I hope to re-edit and shorten my speaking parts soon. . .

  3. Phil
    September 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hello,

    First of all, thank you very much for your work, it help me a lot in my pursuit of self trivium learning.

    Honestly regarding your last comment, I don t realy agree, I tought that your interventions were necessary to sum up what Mortimer Adler say as it is a bit confusing here and there, you know they make jokes and try to outsmart eachother witch in the end make it harder to grasp as they annonce the key setences pretty quicky and move on but again it might be that my concentration isn t yet at it best.

    The fact that you can link their teaching with the concret application that we must have in our future studies is essential. It would had been much more confusing without you.

    If you happen to edit it in the future, please leave at least this version as a option.

    I am also please that you recommanded some key books because I ordered Sister Miriam Joseph and I must say that I had some troubles with it. I will keep on going with the childs book for the present time I guess.

  4. Marsha Thrower
    November 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This is a new arena of exploration for me and it would be helpful if you could point me toward a recommended reading list and perhaps identify two or three books that would provide a solid grounding in trivium education.
    Thank you so much!

    • November 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Marsha, there’s already an entire reading list laid out here on the website. Just go to the “Study Materials” page.

    • J Sanchez
      November 30, 2011 at 7:43 am

      Marsha check out the Trivium Binder— http://triviumbinder.blogspot.com —as there are many good articles and book excerpts to view and download.

      A few good books I have:

      A Well-Educated Mind by Bauer
      Teaching the Trivium by Bludorn
      Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th Ed.
      Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning by Schall

  5. Brent
    March 8, 2012 at 6:26 am

    J,

    When I downloaded this I was really hoping for a great audio tutorial on how to read a book. I really struggled to finish this in a large part due to your speaking style.

    You go on and on about how important it is, then you go on and on about how important it is, all the while not really adding anything to the discussion. Economy of words would give more impact to your presentation. Also, do you really need to insert a stilted laugh for no reason, and so often? It comes off as some sort of a self-congratulatory speech device as opposed to something actually derived from humour and its very off-putting.

    • J Sanchez
      March 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Thanks for the feedback, and keep in mind this was a first attempt at this. The second version will be much different and I think better.

      I didn’t realize that I simply stated how important the Trivium is without giving any example, can you elaborate a bit more?

      I’m not sure what you mean by the stilted laugh but it probably has more to do with being nervous and wondering if I was actually going to be able to pull this off!

      Since then I’ve been working on the Trivium Binder Project, and hopefully by this summer I’ll have a second version out of the audio presentation but we’ll see.

      Sorry it was such a rough go for you! :)

  6. Olson
    April 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Succinct, interesting, and helpful beyond the tip of the iceberg. Incidentally,not to sweep under other prior comments made, however your oratory delivery had nearly no bearing on my ability to get down on this. Consider me sold.

  7. Darren
    December 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for your efforts buddy
    keep it up

    I love this subject

  8. Bianca
    August 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Right. One of my new ‘goals’ now is to get my hands on at least some of these Great Books.

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