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Active reading and thinking leads to a life-affecting experience with literature and poetry—forms that perhaps, paradoxically, convey the most truth about humans and their place in the world. Our upper-school Literature Guides train students to read actively and lead students through a four-stage trivium-based continuum to the acquisition and expression of the Central One Idea. Students are guided to read and think through the pre-grammar, grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages toward the essence of the story, the central proposition that gives the story its greatest meaning and expression. The guides feature helpful reading notes for background information and difficult words, extensive vocabulary training, comprehension questions, Socratic discussion questions, interaction with salient quotes, and literary and rhetorical devices presented in bold-face to prepare students for sophisticated literary analysis and future study—and these for the nuanced reflection of the complex simplicity of life.