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Plutarch Registration

Cato the Younger – Term 3 (Mar 2023 – Feb 2024)

Wednesdays at 4 pm Eastern Time (UTC -4)

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Plutarch Schedule

Term 1 – Alcibiades (10210 words)Term 2 – Coriolanus (9381 words)Term 3 – Cato the Younger (17099)
Week 1Aug 23Nov 29Mar 6
Week 2Aug 30Dec 6Mar 13
Week 3Sep 6Dec 13Mar 20
Christmas Break (3 wks.)
Week 4Sep 13Jan 10Mar 27
Easter (1 wk.)
Week 5Sep 20Jan 17Apr 10
BABY BREAK (2 wks.)
Week 6Oct 11Jan 24Apr 17
Week 7Oct 18Jan 31Apr 24
Week 8Oct 25Feb 7May 1
Week 9Nov 1Feb 14May 8
Week 10Nov 8Feb 21May 15
Week 11Nov 15————————May 22
Exam WeekThanksgiving WeekCrescite WeekMay 27-31

Frequently Asked Questions

We will meet once per week for 45 minutes to read through Plutarch together. After each small reading from Mr. Cox, we will use the “Randomizer” to select a student for narration. We generally hear from 4-5 students in each class for oral narrations. Once the student has finished his narration, we open the class up to provide further questions, additions, and clarifications. This encourages both positive and corrective feedback, and we explore any rabbit trails that come up and then we continue into the next session.

The asynchronous option is provided primarily for those whose schedules do not allow for in-person attendance (Hi, Australians in the Antipodes!). All narrations will have to be conducted by the parents, both oral and written. The recording of the Wednesday class will be posted on a webpage accessible to parents of a registered asynchronous student on Saturday. They will know the topics of the weekly narrations, but will not receive live feedback on their narrations in class or their written exam narration at the end of the Term.

The homework each week will be a written narration on a topic closely connected to the narrations heard in class. In general, the written narrations will focus more on aspects of citizenship, and the oral narrations will focus more on the comprehension of the ideas and stories as Plutarch tells them. These two tend to work well together in feeding the mind on ideas, as well as having a practical application of ancient stories to modern life.

While the greatest benefit is gained for those who show up live and can read and narrate with us, life gets in the way and we may not be able to attend class on a given week. In those cases, the student should review the recording which will be sent out on Saturday and submit the written narration as soon as they can. This will keep them on pace and have them ready to attend the following week without having to read on their own.

Ambleside Plutarch Lives

Weekly Meetings – Wednesdays 4 PM EST
$195 Per Term

Come join your fellow homeschoolers from across the country (and the world) to explore Plutarch’s Lives in a weekly 45-minute session. We’ll read the life together and practice oral narration, then expand into a conversation that will lead into the written narration for the week.

Term 1 – Alcibiades

Whose side is he on? Meet the ultimate chameleon and one of Socrates’s least successful students!

Term 2 – Coriolanus

Pompous Roman pride in human form, come meet the man who bends to no one until it’s too late…

Term 3 – Cato the Younger

The most stubborn defender of Roman laws and traditions, meet the man whom Dante will eventually put at the gates of Purgatory!