Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II Teacher

Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II Teacher

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ISBN: 9781600512360
Grades: 4-6

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A Creative Approach to the Classical ProgymnasmataThink 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 narrativewho, 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
9781600512360
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Classical Academic Press
Weight
1.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Finishing up Book 2 and child still engaged...
Dianna L on Feb 12, 2021
I liked having the Teacher's Manuals for Writing Rhetoric books 1 & 2. While the Q&A parts were usually easy enough an answer key wasn't necessary, the writing samples were very helpful for dd. I expect the value of the writing samples will increase as the levels get more challenging. I also imagine, as we move through the program and dd ages, she'll work more independently, in which case, having the answers handy will be an asset.
User on May 27, 2020
Finishing up Book 2 and child still engaged...
Dianna L on Feb 12, 2021
My son enjoyed Book 2, so we are moving on to the next in the series.
Daniel R on Jun 15, 2020
I liked having the Teacher's Manuals for Writing Rhetoric books 1 & 2. While the Q&A parts were usually easy enough an answer key wasn't necessary, the writing samples were very helpful for dd. I expect the value of the writing samples will increase as the levels get more challenging. I also imagine, as we move through the program and dd ages, she'll work more independently, in which case, having the answers handy will be an asset.
User on May 27, 2020
want my son to learn to write better
Destry L on Mar 31, 2020
teach homeschool coop
Cheryl C on May 31, 2019
wanted- you're a good supplier
Ali R on Feb 23, 2018
I bought the Teacher edition when we did Level 1, but didn't use it very often. When we did the second level, I chose to skip the Teacher edition...but needed it several times. I think I learned MY lesson!
MaryAnn C on Jan 10, 2018
We have finished the first two books in this series and we love them. I think, as a teacher, they are easy to use and my kids really enjoy them too. I have seen a huge improvement in their attitude toward writing and their ability to write since starting these.
Billie M on Aug 24, 2016
We have never tried this curriculum. It was recommended by a friend so I thought we would give it a try.
Kim W on Jun 23, 2016
great writing curriculum
Debbie C on May 28, 2016
I am glad that we switched to this series because it is slowing things down and breaking them up into much smaller increments. This is allowing her to focus on less daunting amounts of work and her writing is slowly improving.
Sara W on May 26, 2016
This writing program not only teaches writing, but logical and organized thinking. Students must think through their answers and be able to give sound reasons and defend their position. Also teachers many of the skills such as summary and amplification which many programs leave out yet are necessary for writing through adulthood.
Jen N on Mar 3, 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
The purchase of this book is to continue with the Writing and Rhetoric Series for our school.
User on Jan 1, 2016
My son enjoyed Book 2, so we are moving on to the next in the series.
Daniel R on Jun 15, 2020
want my son to learn to write better
Destry L on Mar 31, 2020
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