Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II Student

Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II Student

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ISBN: 9781600512353
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A Creative Approach to the Classical Progymnasmata. Think of the progymnasmata as a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. What is an apprentice? It is a young person who is learning a skill from a master teacher. Our students will serve as apprentices to the great writers and great stories of history.

Students are often expected to write with no clear model before them. Modern composition scolds traditional writing instruction as rote and unimaginative. It takes imitation to task for a lack of freedom and personal expression. And yet, effective communication from writer to reader always requires some sort of form and structure. Many of history's greatest writers learned by imitation. In other words, writing takes the same kind of determined study as ballet or diving. Creativity uses conventional form as a stage or a springboard from which to launch grand jets and somersaults. Too often students are expected to tackle complex writing assignments without learning the necessary intermediate steps. The assumption is that because most everyone can speak English well enough to be understood, and form letters with a pencil, that everyone should be able to write well. Yet how many of us would expect a child to sit at a piano, without piano lessons, and play a concerto? Writing is never automatic.

The Writing & Rhetoric series method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps. It assumes that students learn best by reading excellent, whole-story examples of literature and by growing their skills through imitation. Each exercise is intended to impart a skill (or tool) that can be employed in all kinds of writing and speaking. The exercises are arranged from simple to more complex. What's more, the exercises are cumulative, meaning that later exercises incorporate the skills acquired in preceding exercises. This series is a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric.

This book exposes students to new genres of story, including historical narrative and legend. It includes a variety of culturally important examples. All of the skills practiced in Narrative I are extended and new skill sets are introduced, including identifying the difference between fact and opinion and learning to ask the five Ws of a historical narrative: who, what, when, where, why.

Lessons includes:

* how to define and identify types of narrative,

* how to outline stories,

* how to get a story off the ground,

* how the protagonist and antagonist develop the central story conflict,

* how to discern the difference between fact and opinon in historical narrative and legend,

* how to identify the Five W's of an historical narrative who, what, when, where, why;

* how to summarize a longer narrative in writing,

* rewriting: what happens when you change the point of view and the protagonist,

* how to apply storytelling skills,

* elocution skills and oration.


Category Description for Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II:

Includes 11 lessons utilizing fables, historical narratives and legends. Builds on previous skills and covers fact vs. opinion, using the five W's and creating characters.


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
4
Grade End
6
ISBN
9781600512353
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Classical Academic Press
Weight
1.4 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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Finishing up Book 2 and child still engaged...
Dianna L on Feb 12, 2021
We have loved the simple to use, straight forward, and meaningful lessons in Writing & Rhetoric Books 1 & 2, so we're continuing on with Books 3 & 4.
User on May 27, 2020
Finishing up Book 2 and child still engaged...
Dianna L on Feb 12, 2021
I like that it is a semester course with just 15 minutes daily variety of course work--a little each day to build writing and reading comp skills.
Ann R on Nov 25, 2020
We have loved the simple to use, straight forward, and meaningful lessons in Writing & Rhetoric Books 1 & 2, so we're continuing on with Books 3 & 4.
User on May 27, 2020
I love Writing & Rhetoric. These books combine the best approaches to Language Arts. My son went from being a reluctant writer to one who writes for fun.
Rosa A on Apr 9, 2020
We have previously used this curriculum and love it
Kristin S on Aug 6, 2019
Required for school co-op.
Janet S on Jul 19, 2019
Has a good variety of exercises to keep interest level up. Nice gentle progression toward more demanding writing assignments.
Darcie D on Jun 12, 2019
Required book for Coo-op
Renee S on Jan 21, 2019
for a co-op class
Traci P on Jul 13, 2018
wanted- you're a good supplier
Ali R on Feb 23, 2018
Love Writing and Rhetoric book one for my then 8 year old son. He was a very reluctant writer but after completing the first book he was keen to continue writing!
Aaron S on Feb 21, 2018
We have used the previous 2 levels in the past. We decided to try something new to us this year. That didn't work out at all, so here we are again. My daughter is looking forward to this!
MaryAnn C on Jan 10, 2018
I've used Books 1-2 and want to continue with the program.
Michelle T on Dec 20, 2017
Excellent program!!
Alicia M on Sep 25, 2017
classical,
Kate T on Sep 15, 2017
CAP has the best writing program for my son who needs the model.
Melissa P on Jun 23, 2017
This is an excellent writing series for creative/quirky thinkers.
Fleur L on Sep 19, 2016
Love the curriculum
Sara M on Aug 26, 2016
recommended by my homeschool organization
Shona M on Aug 23, 2016
For writing.
Angella U on Aug 13, 2016
great writing curriculum
Debbie C on May 28, 2016
We have completed the previous two books in this series and they are excellent and make writing so much fun! We are excited to continue with Narrative II.
Megan P on Jan 8, 2016
I like that it is a semester course with just 15 minutes daily variety of course work--a little each day to build writing and reading comp skills.
Ann R on Nov 25, 2020
I love Writing & Rhetoric. These books combine the best approaches to Language Arts. My son went from being a reluctant writer to one who writes for fun.
Rosa A on Apr 9, 2020
Is it necessary to purchase the teacher edition for the Classical Academic Press Writing and Rhetoric book 3?
A shopper on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't think it is completely necessary. We have loved this resource. Every once in a while, it is helpful to see what the author intends for an exercise, but usually, I don't consult the answers in the teacher book. Probably the most helpful use for the teacher book is in the outlining exercises. I found it helpful to compare what my child did with what was in the teacher book as a guide for her.
Can this be used for a 7th grader, if he just started the program, or should he start with the first book?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Our coop used this book for 5th - 7th grade. It was too difficult for some and too easy for others. It was not a problem jumping in at Level 4. So I think you'll need to assess your child to determine the fit. You can print off a sample lesson from the W&R website. It will give you a feel for the level of difficulty. It is really a program that is best utilized working on it over a 3-5 day span. My issue was that a 7th grader doesn't really have the time to complete the entire curriculum because I feel that by high school they should already be writing complete papers. At level 4, W&R is just working on concepts and writing paragraphs. Hope this helps.
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Excellent Writing Curriculum
My 5th grade son has long detested required handwriting assignments. Any task that required putting pencil to paper was met with resistance, so I delayed implementing a writing curriculum outside of handwriting. However, he exhibited a vivid imagination during free play and a desire to draw comic books and write children's books - as long as the task wasn't assigned. With some trepidation, we began this writing curriculum in Book 2 at 5th grade. I introduced the concept by showing him the building block structure on the back, with the ultimate goal of defending an argument . He loved the idea and was eager to start. He has willingly embraced the curriculum with a cheerful attitude. He particularly enjoys 'reading' days, yet has pleasantly surprised me with the depth of his writing assignments. Highly recommend this curriculum!!
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