Writing & Rhetoric Bk 1: Fable Stdt/Tchr Pack

Writing & Rhetoric Bk 1: Fable Stdt/Tchr Pack


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Grades: 3-4

Product Description:

A one-stop shop! This package includes everything needed (student and teacher book) to complete Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable, a one-semester course, PLUS the optional Audio Files featuring the reading of the fables, narratives, legends, myths, and other excerpts presented in the student book. The MP3 audio files add flexibility and can enhance understanding, allowing students to listen or follow along with text, but please note that teacher interaction and discussion is still needed. Upon purchase, the access code and instructions for MP3 files will be emailed to you. The included Student Text (010221) is consumable, so if you have 2 students you will need to purchase another. The included Teacher Edition (010224) is intended to be used in conjunction with the student book and includes a copy of student material with teaching notes, explanations, answer keys, helpful guidance and examples for every assignment. ~Nancie

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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, however, 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. Packages are available for most levels.

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 MP3 audio files are available. These 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. ~ Janice

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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For my reluctant reader and writer, this program seemed to be the best fit for my oldest in terms of easing my child into writing in a fun and unintimidating way while also providing a solid foundation for writing.
Sara B on Jun 29, 2023
It was supposedly a low-prep, low teacher involvement writing curriculum that pulls from the classical tradition.
Anne C on Aug 2, 2022
For my reluctant reader and writer, this program seemed to be the best fit for my oldest in terms of easing my child into writing in a fun and unintimidating way while also providing a solid foundation for writing.
Sara B on Jun 29, 2023
This was recommended by a friend as a less overwhelming alternative to IEW
Maegan W on Jun 16, 2023
It was supposedly a low-prep, low teacher involvement writing curriculum that pulls from the classical tradition.
Anne C on Aug 2, 2022
I had heard good reviews from another homeschool Mom that has a background in curriculum and education.
Jennifer F on Jul 27, 2022
As a published author, there's not much I enjoy more than getting my kids interested in writing or reading. Fables make you think, let you explore the world around you in a new light and in ways we never would have thought of before...all things I hope to teach my children. This set seemed like a wonderful way to inspire my daughter to get better with her communication and writing skills.
Liz H on Jun 26, 2022
I want to add more writing to my third grader's language arts this school year. Other reviewers have said really good things about this curriculum.
Mary H on Jun 25, 2022
recommended to me from Homeschool Resource teacher
Ellen A on Jun 17, 2022
I ordered this for my 3rd grader. I have heard great things.
Kathryn H on May 7, 2022
wanted a simple writing program
Shawn B on Mar 7, 2022
We are using this curriculum in our co-op. I'm very excited to try it with my daughter.
Mary B on Jun 30, 2021
It looked like the most fun and user friendly classical writing approach.
Christina J on Jun 26, 2021
We are trying this for the first time with my reluctant writer (motor and knowing what to write). I am hoping it will be fun and gently expose him to more complicated writing.
cathy r on Jun 7, 2021
My son is entering third grade and I need a writing program. I’m using this company’s Latin program too.
Debbie on Apr 16, 2021
using for our 3rd grade writing this year. have never used it so Im excited to try it out.
Melissa M on Mar 28, 2021
Easy prep work.
Rachel L on Mar 1, 2021
Composition with my 4th grader.
Michelle Y on Jan 1, 2021
We will begin this writing program 2nd semester.
VaLois on Dec 6, 2020
I read about Writing and Rhetoric on a blog by a woman I have great respect for. I am so excited to give this a try with my kids. I have read nothing but glowing reviews.
Melissa M on Oct 12, 2020
saw youtube and good reviews, will give it a try!
Ana g on Oct 9, 2020
This was suggested to me by a dear friend as being a great program to use with my daughter who has dyslexia.
Lori T on Sep 1, 2020
Reviewed the sample pages, felt it would be great for my youngest child
Netiva on Aug 25, 2020
Trying a new curriculum and this comes highly recommended.
Samara O on Aug 12, 2020
Recommended by a friend. I'm not usually a curriculum person but this looks better than any other open and go writing program than I've ever seen before. I love the Charlotte Mason way to it, starting every unit with a story to engage the kids and show them good writing examples.
Joscyln D on Aug 7, 2020
I love the layout of the curriculum.
Candace M on Jul 24, 2020
I want to improve my sons' writing ability in a fun way.
Leslie T on Jul 19, 2020
YouTube recommendation. We wanted to introduce more structured writing curriculum.
Gabrielle B on Jun 8, 2020
My son loves fables!
Christa N on May 10, 2020
I am so excited to try this new series, it makes me really excited, cannot wait to give a review
Evelyn C on Dec 21, 2019
This will be a great addition to our writing curriculum this year.
Anita M on Sep 3, 2019
It reminds me of the only thing I recall learning in HIgh School that I continued to apply through adulthood.
Zachary B on Aug 13, 2019
This will help fill in the Language Arts/Rhetoric gaps left by doing IEW for writing and study guides for literature.
Kelly on Jul 16, 2019
Trying it out for the first time.
Shamar J on May 7, 2019
We have had great experiences with Song School Latin, also from Classical Academic Press, and we normally use IEW and wanted to try something different for next year. I am planning on using this program along with Seton English 4 for my oldest son as I am not sure how much they focus on usage, grammar and mechanics in this program, and Seton does a great job with that content.
Elizabeth N on Mar 13, 2019
I need a writing program to use with my younger students. I read good things about this one.
Kristine L on Feb 17, 2019
Needed a curriculum that I could use to support my daughters writing. She struggles to understand how to come up with ideas. She is in the public school system and the lack of modeling seems to be prevalent in the system. When she gets home with an assignment I'm struggling to find something quick to demonstrate how to write with good modeling. We will use this to teach writing at home for a better foundation instead of just using a quick fix. Her tutor will also piggy back the curriculum.
jennifer m on Nov 10, 2018
I'm hoping this will help build by daughters writing ability.
Kari S on Sep 4, 2018
This is a required text for my student but thought the CD would be helpful and had great value.
Tayana D on Aug 17, 2018
I chose to try this for multiple students for early writing instruction. Came highly recommended.
User on Aug 1, 2018
Recommended by a friend for homeschooling
Elizabeth G on Jul 11, 2018
Have heard good things about this program. My child and I are getting bored with Writing with Ease, so thought we would give this a try.
Erika Lee Flicht Y on Feb 21, 2018
I believe it will be a good continuation of a Classical Writing program that will work for my child.
Jessica C on Feb 16, 2018
We need to change writing curriculum and it was recommended by a friend.
April W on Jan 30, 2018
A user-friendly progymnasmata style writing instruction
Lisa S on Jan 16, 2018
trying to teach son to write
Shannon B on Dec 2, 2017
A friend recommended it.
Jacqueline C on Sep 10, 2017
Christy L on Aug 21, 2017
I was looking for a writing curriculum that would instruct step-by-step and included rhetoric. I chose this more because I am excited about the upper levels of this curriculum more than this specific one.
Kathleen R on Jun 28, 2017
used in our homeschool co-op
Naomi on Jun 6, 2017
I think this is a very good classical approach to teaching writing.
Heather E on Jun 1, 2017
Great reviews and samples. W&R seems to offer lovely, rich, yet gentle instruction which I hope will turn my 11 year-old son's feelings toward writing. I have high hopes!
Patricia on May 1, 2017
This was recommended by a friend as a less overwhelming alternative to IEW
Maegan W on Jun 16, 2023
I had heard good reviews from another homeschool Mom that has a background in curriculum and education.
Jennifer F on Jul 27, 2022
Does the student/teacher pack include the audio files?
Jennifer M on Jan 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It has a CD in the back of the teacher book... I converted them to MP3 for ease of use. I def. recommend doing that with all your digital media - it has been a time and sanity saver, since I'm not slowed down or halted altogether by having to locate a CD (and they're not cluttering up my desk).
Could this be stretched out over the course of a year? Or would I need to purchase both "Book 1: Fable" and "Book 2: Narrative?"
Ashley on Sep 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: That depends partly on the grade you start with and the aptitude of the student. We just did book one in 3rd grade but started later with it. This year we are doing books 2&3 for fourth grade. If you are using this as the primary writing program for 4th and up I'd say you need to cover two books a year.
Would I need to add a grammar, spelling, and reading curriculum to this?
Ashley on Sep 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a composition course only. It does not teach grammar or spelling, although it contains some copywork in books 1-3, and this has excerpts of Classic literature pieces in it, but it is not literature. They need to read well, and even though it says grades 3 and up, it is just fine to start at 5th or even6th grade, depending on the child. For example, I can’t imagine having my 4th grade boy using this right now. I do really like it though. I have my older children Ages 12 and 14, in book 3 and 5 right now. Hope this helps.
does your child have to be a confident speller to do this program?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Your child would need to know how to spell enough Not to be frustrated with writing. Basic spelling ability would be helpful. If there is that occasional word They misspell during a writing exercise, you can help them, but sometimes the words are contained already in the story they will imitate. Also there is the “look up the word in a dictionary or thesaurus” exercise . Also maybe doing writing would help their spelling!
What age is this recommended for?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I think the company suggests these books be used (2 levels/year) with children in grades 3 and up. I used levels 1-2 with my 1st and 3rd grader together, and they loved it! I continued with Levels 3-4 this past year (2nd and 4th grade) and it didn't seem to be too much for either of them. We are planning to continue with the series.
Would this work with a first grader who is reading early chapter books (frog and toad, Henry And Mudge)? It will be for her older sister but I am wondering if having her sit in would be good.
A shopper on Feb 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This would be too hard unless your student had very strong writing skills. My First graders have always been at the point where they still need to practice their handwriting, and haven't grasped the concepts of capitol letters and punctuation. The problem solving and reasoning or logic would also probably be too much for a first grader.

That being said, a first grader would probably really enjoy orally working through this with a sibling. The stories are very enjoyable, and there is a lot of "telling back" and fun word play that they would enjoy. This would also make it that much easier when they did get to the point where they were actually doing the writing in a year or two.

I have tried quite a few writing products, and this has by far been the most engaging for my reluctant writers. (My kids are all boys, getting them to sit still or focus is a challenge.) Expense wise is it also very reasonable. I have found you don't need the CD with the readings because reading the stories together is just a natural part of doing the work together with my children.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Good for my reluctant writer
This product is working well for my 10 yr old reluctant writer. The assignments are not overwhelming and he is enjoying the fables. If you are looking for creative writing this isn't it, but we tried programs like that and he would just stare at the page. Only 3 lessons in and he is writing multiple paragraphs without any prompting or pushing from me. That is a win in my book
March 16, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Highly recommend!
Great program! Similar to IEW but with an easy to teach teacher’s guide and interesting fonts for students.
October 14, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Well Done
We have done levels 1 & 2 so far. I will say they are well done. I have a child who really doesn't enjoy writing, and he has no problem keeping up with the work. The process of reading classics, discussing it, comparing it, and then practicing works well. My son was able to do some extra writing on his own following what he learned. The one drawback for me, which may not be an issue for others, is that I feel there is little room for creative expression. Because the students are modeling after classic literature, they are following a structure already in place. However, I have been told that this changes in the upper levels. The CD is worth the extra cost if you have multiple grade levels to teach. They read the stories to your student. My son was a struggling reader when we did level 1, I have found that he can focus more on details if he is just listening. It does lack in teaching grammar and spelling. These things are modeled in the literature, but not pointed out.
April 26, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great writing curriculum! It’s very engaging and encourages creativity in the student. I highly recommend this curriculum!
February 12, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Writing and Rhetoric--Fables
Easy to differentiate for special learners. Really enjoying this program for all three of my boys.
September 1, 2016
over 7 years ago

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