Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable Teacher's Edition

Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable Teacher's Edition

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ISBN: 9781600512179
Grades: 3-5

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Includes 14 lessons, each utilizing one of Aesop's Fables. Skills covered include summary, amplification, main idea, following an outline, and point of view and include the student's writing his own fable. Both books are about 150 pgs.

Category Description for Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable:

Includes 14 lessons, each utilizing one of Aesop's Fables. Skills covered include summary, amplification, main idea, followingan outline, and point of view and include the student's writing his own fable. Both books are about 150 pgs.


Category Description for Writing & Rhetoric:

What! 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 that mean? It means a program that is, in essence, a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. It's a program that believes that imitation is the foundation for learning writing and at the same time provides an easy to use framework for starting with models of good writing, building a "conversation in the head" (in other words, content through discussion and writing exercises), and for following the persuasive writing system developed by the ancient Romans. This system - the progymnasmata (progym, for short) - takes the student from simple retelling skills through the more and more complex skills of reporting, narrating, praising, comparison, persuasion, and defense. Modern writing borrows heavily from these skills, but the underlying methodology is distinctly different. Modern writing courses emphasize mastering the writing process and gaining experience with the different forms of writing. Accordingly, they often start with a blank sheet of paper and a brainstorming session. The progym, on the other hand, starts with well-known and excellent writing models (also known as classic literature).

Secondly, this program is user-friendly with virtually no teacher prep needed and the possibility of a minimum of teacher-student interaction (although interaction is always a plus). The publisher is the same one who has given us Latin for Children and Latin Alive! They know how to do user-friendly (and appealing). Even if you had no inkling of the meaning of a classical writing program, this would be an excellent choice. The Student Books provide instruction and examples with plenty of space to write. The Teacher Books have identical pages to the student books but add grey boxes which provide additional info, writing samples, answers and talking points. The two books are designed to be used together, and I think it would be unwise and difficult to try to use one without the other.

The lessons follow a pattern. The teacher reads through the text followed by a subsequent reading by the student (in upper levels, the student reads through the text examples). Narration (Tell It Back), discussion (Talk About It), and comprehension (Go Deeper) are all part of this initial look at the source material. Then starts the writing exercises (Write & Discuss). To give you an example of these, from one lesson in Book 2, copywork, dictation, sentence play, copiousness (using synonyms), and amplification (rewriting). Later in the lesson there is a time for reading/presenting the lesson's written work and separate Speak It exercises. It's suggested that this writing series would alternate with a grammar program (although no recommendations are made).

Each book is a semester's worth of writing instruction, with a total of twelve books planned. In a perfect world, a student would start in 3rd grade and complete the series in 8th grade. If your world isn't quite perfect, this series could be started anytime up to 5th or even 6th grade (in my opinion). Students beginning this program should know how to identify and create a complete sentence. It is possible to enter the program at upper levels but requires careful evaluation of the student's writing experience and the scope of the level. Some familiarity with the Progym series would also be helpful. You may wonder how this series interfaces with Common Core. The publishers note that their program "covers a host of these standards." But they further note that "while these goals are worthwhile, the Progym derive their strength from the incremental and thorough development of each form of writing. The Writing & Rhetoric series does not skip from form to form and leave the others behind, but rather builds a solid foundation of mastery by blending the forms."

Optional audio CDs are also available for each volume, which feature Dr. Christopher Perrin, his wife, Christine Perrin and/or others, reading the fables, myths, historical narratives and other source material used in the books aloud, to either add an auditory dynamic to your lesson or help auditory learners enhance their understanding of the material. Packages are available for most levels. ~ Janice


Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
3
Grade End
5
ISBN
9781600512179
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Classical Academic Press
Weight
1.15 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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It was a recommendation
Ellen P on Nov 12, 2020
Need answer keys
Melody on Jul 30, 2020
It was a recommendation
Ellen P on Nov 12, 2020
Came highly recommended
Don W on Jul 31, 2020
Need answer keys
Melody on Jul 30, 2020
Trusting the Reviews.
Cathy S on Mar 20, 2019
After much research, I felt this would be the most thorough, but gentle approach to teaching writing.
LeeAnn L on Oct 7, 2016
We love their Latin program so decided to try the writing program.
User on Jul 14, 2016
homeschool for my 3rd grade son
Kendra A on Jun 27, 2016
Recommended by a friend.
Laura P on May 23, 2016
I like the idea of using excellent classic literature examples to demonstrate the grammar of good writing. I anticipate this book will stimulate more love for excellence and creative expression in writing. I want the benefit of the teacher's edition to maximize my time and contribution to my children's education.
Cynthia S on Mar 11, 2016
Came highly recommended
Don W on Jul 31, 2020
Trusting the Reviews.
Cathy S on Mar 20, 2019
Is the teacher’s manual necessary?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You could get by without it, especially if you are able to spend time preparing ahead of time and/or if writing is a strength for you and/or your student(s). I found it very helpful for making the curriculum more open and go as it provides answers and examples. When we had more time, I thought through some of the questions with my daughter, but sometimes when we were more pressed for time or my brain was a little more fried, I was glad to have the teacher’s manual.
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Really enjoyable
I'm currently doing this with two of my children. We are only into the third lesson but really enjoying it. It's lots of fun and really engaging for the children. I'm learning lots too!
February 5, 2019
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