Classical Rhetoric | Grades 9-12

Fitting Words | Classical Rhetoric

Individual parts of the Fitting Words curriculum

Fitting Words | Individual Products


FITTING WORDS instructs students in the art of classical Rhetoric, providing them with tools of communication that will equip them for life. Intended for high school students and above, Fitting Words is a complete curriculum covering a year of instruction. In this course, students will learn the theory of using words well, study the greatest speeches of all time, and practice the skills of effective oratory.

Purchase individual elements of the Fitting Words curriculum (for example, an extra Student Workbook) on this page. Click HERE to return to the main Fitting Words page to purchase as a bundle.

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The Fitting Words student textbook is a beautifully arranged hardback with single-column pages and wide margins. More than 100 original illustrations enliven the text with a classical and simple style that is pleasant to the eye. With 30 lessons arranged around the five canons of rhetoric, it also covers the six parts of a discourse, the three modes of persuasion, and much more. Scores of great speeches, ancient, modern and biblical, illustrate the concepts throughout the text, with 12 primary examples reproduced in full in the back of the text, along with an appendix identifying every speech in the Bible. This complete curriculum is packed with resources, while maintaining a clean and beautiful design.

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Download Fitting Words Textbook Sample PDF.

The Fitting Words Workbook includes exercises for each of the 30 lessons covered in the Fitting Words curriculum. Several lessons include two exercises. Also included are speech judging sheets identical to those in the Exam Pack, which the students may use to evaluate themselves as they practice the required speeches. This consumable workbook is distinct from the textbook, and is to be completed by the students as they work through the lessons.

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The Fitting Words Answer Key includes answers to all the exercises and exams covered in the Fitting Words curriculum. The Answer Key layout matches the layout of the exercises and exams for ease of grading. Point suggestions are given [in brackets] for the exams. Also included are suggested one- and two-year course schedules.

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The Fitting Words Exam Pack is a looseleaf packet containing nine exams covering all the major concepts from the course. Also included are test review sheets and speech judging sheets.

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Download the Exam Pack Preview PDF HERE.

Here is one full lesson from the Fitting Words Rhetoric curriculum so you can get a feel for how the course works.

Each Lesson has a

Each Lesson has a “Key Concept” map.

Each lesson of Fitting Words Rhetoric has two videos: Lesson and Application. In addition, there is an exam prep video for each of the nine exams throughout the course.

We recommend students follow these steps while going through Fitting Words:

  1. Read the lesson in the textbook
  2. Watch the Lesson portion of the video course
  3. Work on the exercises in the Student Workbook.
  4. Watch the Application portion of the video course (workbook open).
  5. Where appropriate, put the application/workbook to practice!

Now to sample these parts

View the PDF of Lesson 12: Emotions, Part One, from Fitting Words (hardback textbook)
View the PDF of Lesson 12 exercises from Fitting Words Student Workbook (softback consumable with perforated pages)
View the  PDF of a sample exam (Fitting Words Exam Pack includes 9 exams, as well as Exam Reviews, and speech judging sheets)
View the PDF of Lesson 12 Answer Key (Paperback)


Fitting Words Rhetoric has many features often left out of high school curriculum. The back of the Fitting Words textbook is a goldmine. All the speeches needed for this course are included in Appendix A. Appendix B is a list of every speech in the Bible, a very helpful tool when studying Rhetoric in the light of Scripture. There is also a full Glossary-Index, with all the key terms and definitions from the textbook, along with where those terms are first introduced or explained (in bold), and where they are used throughout the text. The other place to find many “extras” and aids is the video course, which includes audio-visual examples from history relating to each lesson (depending on the subject, some lessons more than others).

Read some Reviews!

“Liberty has really been blessed by its ease of use and format. Everything that my brand new teachers needed was right there. It was very easy to implement and, as the curriculum director, I now rest assured that the level of our rhetoric program will not change if the teacher changes. I hope that this curriculum has the opportunity to make it to the larger audience because it fills a void in Classical Christian education curriculum. Rhetoric can be one of be most daunting subjects to teach, and Nance has found the remedy. We have used it with 9th-12th graders and it was accessible by all the grades.”
–Kathy Smith, Liberty Classical Academy

Fitting Words is the best balance between rigor and ease of use that I’ve seen yet.
–Andrew Pudewa, founder and director, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).

Wes Callihan (Schola Classical Tutorials) on Fitting Words
Brian Daigle (Headmaster of Sequitur Classical Tutorials) on Fitting Words



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