Writing & Rhetoric Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation Student Edition

Writing & Rhetoric Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation Student Edition

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ISBN: 9781600512988
Grades: 6-12

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A one-semester course for grades 6 or 7 and up

Think of the progymnasmata as a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. In the Writing & Rhetoric series, author Paul Kortepeter has recovered this proven method of teaching writing in conjunction with critical thinking and speaking.

Encomium & Vituperation

What is an encomium and a vituperation? An encomium is a short essay praising the virtues of someone or something; a vituperation is a critical essay that reveals faults. In addition to guiding students through the writing of their own essays of praise and criticism, this book also leads your students step by step through a research project about a fascinating person. While students are learning about a remarkable life, they will also be learning how to learn. This research is achievable and the natural next step as students gain the skills of reading a variety of texts on a research subject, taking notes, creating an essay from these notes, and citing their sources.

In this one-semester book, students will learn to:

* Discern the main idea

* Use hyperbole and thesis

* Incorporate background and supportive detail

* Understand the difference between the genres of biography and autobiography

* Note the good and poor qualities present in a person or event

* Contrast different behaviors after weighing their merits

* Craft effective conclusions that encourage readers either to emulate or avoid specific behaviors

* Learn to write a research paper in all its parts, including making notecards, outlining, integrating sources, and citing sources


Fourteen lessons that use encomium (praising a person, thing, or idea and then backing up the praise with solid arguments) and vituperation (speaking against a person, thing, or idea; likewise providing solid arguments). Source materials are important narratives from the Civil War era and the period of westward expansion. Students will be writing well-crafted, six-paragraph persuasive essays and guided through the process of writing a brief biographical research paper.


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
6
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781600512988
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Classical Academic Press
Weight
1.95 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.69"
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We love the Writing & Rhetoric series! It has been, by far, the best writing curriculum that we have used. It is focused on developing good writing skills without the fluff that drove our kids crazy in other programs. And the literature pieces that they draw from are excellent!!
Suzanna N on Jun 24, 2020
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Joyce G on Aug 18, 2018
We love the Writing & Rhetoric series! It has been, by far, the best writing curriculum that we have used. It is focused on developing good writing skills without the fluff that drove our kids crazy in other programs. And the literature pieces that they draw from are excellent!!
Suzanna N on Jun 24, 2020
Needed for Homeschool Year
Christy L on Jul 8, 2019
School
Joyce G on Aug 18, 2018
School curriculum
Joyce G on Aug 15, 2018
"We teach classically, so this looked like just what we needed. While it's a superb program, it does require instructor interaction. I was looking for something more independent. "
Candace S on Sep 12, 2017
My kids have been using the previous books and they guide you step by step on how to be a good writer.
gardenia g on Sep 15, 2016
required for Classical Education co-op
Christine D on Aug 22, 2016
Needed for Homeschool Year
Christy L on Jul 8, 2019
School curriculum
Joyce G on Aug 15, 2018
how does book 7 compare to the Writing curriculum "Jump In"?
A shopper on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The two courses are approaching writing from different perspectives and have very different prerequisite types of expectations. W&R 7 is an advanced part of a series that is based on the ancient progymnasmata method of writing exercies. As such Book 7 is focusing on encomium (praising a person, thing, or idea and then backing up the praise with solid arguments) and vituperation (speaking against a person, thing, or idea; likewise providing solid arguments). A person starting this course is expected to have quite a bit of experience in writing. By sharp contrast Jump In! is designed as an overview beginning course for reluctant writers.
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