Writing and Rhetoric SeriesMany classical educators have begun to implement the progymnasmata, the ancient classical exercises for teaching these skills. In the Writing and Rhetoric series, author Paul Kortepeter builds on the foundation of the progymnasmata and updates it with methods such as those recommended by Charlotte Mason. The progymnasmata are based on the idea that children should learn how to write by working from models rather than by dreaming up their own ideas. So students work through models of various forms of writing, beginning with narratives and working up through expository, descriptive, and persuasive writing. The series will eventually have twelve courses, each of which should take one semester to complete. Titles of all of the courses, brief descriptions, and the publisher's suggested grade levels are as follows:.
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Writing needs to be taught just like any other subject. Letting students be "free" to write without a model is often letting them jump in the deep end without learning to swim first! Students who complete the entire program will learn to write narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive essays while developing their own unique style. Each exercise is designed to teach a skill that can be employed across all subjects. Skills are arranged from simple to complex, and the cumulative nature of each chapter reviews skills from earlier in the book, helping students to build a solid foundation of writing skills. The first part, description, emphasizes the use of vivid language to describe people, nature, and processes.
Apparently not! I received this product for free and was compensated for time spent using the materials and writing this article. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If you need a creative spin on your homeschool resources take a look at Classical Academic Press! This method was used during ancient times to teach students how to speak and write persuasively. While working through the series, students are exposed to examples of great literature and work on their writing skills by imitating great writers. The series moves in small, incremental steps and moves from concrete to more abstract ideas as the series progresses.
Student pages are reproduced with answers overlaid; additional inserted grey side boxes provide examples, additional clarifications, resources, objectives, sample answers for more open-ended exercises, and other helpful information. This teacher's edition also contains descriptions and examples of what excellent student writing should be like for every writing assignment, providing the teacher with meaningful and concrete guidance. We offer thousands of quality curricula, workbooks, and references to meet your homeschooling needs. To assist you in your choices, we have included the following symbol next to those materials that specifically reflect a Christian worldview. If you have any questions about specific products, our knowledgeable Homeschool Specialists will be glad to help you.
Another writing program? It's easy to imagine such a question popping up since we do have a number of excellent writing programs already available. This one is a worthy addition. First of all, it follows the classical model for teaching writing and rhetoric skills. What exactly does this mean?
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