Language Arts for Intermediate Students - Bards & Poets
Cottage Press provides a classical approach to language arts that utilizes many favorite Charlotte Mason techniques such as retelling (narration), copywork, and dictation. The aim of the Cottage Press Language Arts courses is to develop excellent writers who are writing from a wealth of wisdom and strength of character. The teaching methodology traces back through Western Civilization to the traditional methods established by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The writing instruction for the intermediate and upper levels follows the progymnasmata (a comprehensive series of writing exercises that date back to ancient times), while the grammar instruction is based on Harvey’s Revised Grammar (sometimes called A Practical Grammar of the English Language, Revised Edition, 1898) and includes diagramming. In this intermediate series, the focus is on sentence and paragraph construction, poetry, grammar, word usage, and punctuation. It’s assumed the student completing this course is simultaneously reading a large quantity of quality literature.
Lessons follow a pattern and include specific sections: student work in a Commonplace Book, Prose & Poetry (literary observation and analysis), Language Logic (word usage & grammar), Eloquent Expressions (developing writing style), Classical Composition (retell a fable or parable), and Dictation. Lessons are designed to meet the needs and abilities of an intermediate writer (6th grade and up).
The Student Book provides instruction directly to the student. It is assumed, however, that the course is being taught by the parent rather than the student working independently. Weekly lessons are laid out in a step-by-step fashion. Lessons include literary, composition, and grammar instruction as well as detailed instructions for student assignments. Background information on poets and authors as well as their works is also provided. The student is expected to compile aCommonplace Book where prose and poetry selections are copied. It also becomes a collection place for any literary tidbits or thoughts that surface while completing the lessons. In contrast, the Writer’s Journal is the place where the student records vocabulary lessons, works on diagramming sentences, lists literary devices when studied, and completes writing assignments. Instructions for setting up the Writer’s Journal and Commonplace Book are included in the appendices of the Student Book. Other appendices include grammar terms and definitions, narrative elements, and a bibliography.
The Teaching Helps book is just as the name implies; detailed helps and answers for each of the lesson steps.
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