Rhetoric Stage Plans – Grades 9-12

Rhetoric Stage

Art Appreciation

The Harmony Fine Arts at Home art appreciation plans for the rhetorical stage of education were created to be used by high school students. It is organized in a four year history cycle. Provided in these plans are week by week suggestions for readings in The Annotated Mona Lisa and The Story of Painting. The plan also gives optional assignments for watching The Story of Painting  series.

The plan makes use of online sources for viewing artwork for each time period studied. The links are provided to supplement your reading.

In addition to reading and viewing the artwork, the student is directed to write a one to two page summary for each time period or topic covered.

Spine Texts for all four high school years of the Harmony Fine Arts art appreciation plan are The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern and Sister Wendy’s The Story of Painting.


The Annotated Mona Lisa – Used all high school grades


The Story of Painting – Used all high school grades


Sister Wendy- The Complete Collection: These are scheduled in the plans but are not required.

Optional art skills plans are provided as a supplement to the Harmony Fine Arts at Home art appreciation plan.

How to Use the Harmony Fine Arts High School Art Appreciation Plans – click over to the blog and read more!

The optional books are as follows:

Time Periods and Topics Covered By Grade

  • Grade 9: Prehistory-3rd Century: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Pre-Columbian, African, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic
  • Grade 10: 1400-1799: Renaissance, Baroque
  • Grade 11: 1780-1900: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism
  • Grade 12: Twentieth Century: Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract, Minimalism, Pop

Music Appreciation

Harmony Fine Arts music appreciation plans for the high school years are available as free downloads for you to use. These music appreciation plans are designed for high school students looking for an organized way to listen to classical music in the four-year cycle of history as outlined in The Well-Trained Mind classical education plan. Each plan gives week by week suggestions for readings in Classical Music Experience, suggestions for listening to related music on CDs or to music online, and links to additional information about the composers and the time periods under study. In addition to reading and listening, the student is directed to write a one to two page biography for each composer studied and a one to two paragraph opinion of the composer. The student is also asked to keep a list of the musical selections he has listened to during the study period in a notebook.

Resources Needed


Classical Music Start-Up Kit Volume 1 Please Note: Used in grade 9 plans only.


Classical Music Start-Up Kit Volume 2: Please note- used in all four high school grades.


Classical Music Experience: Looks like this is no longer available on Amazon.com. You can use the book even if the CD doesn’t come with it.

Or you can opt to purchase the older version instead. You only need one or the other.


Classical Music Experience (older version): If you need to purchase this one, it will work just fine with the Harmony Fine Arts plans.