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Writing & Rhetoric Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation Package

Writing & Rhetoric Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation Package

# WR7ENV

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Grades: 6-12

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. 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 for some volumes from the publisher's website. 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.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
6
Grade End
12
Format
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Brand Name
Classical Academic Press
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These are such great books that really teach various forms of writing!
Rebecca C on Apr 23, 2022
I thought it would be a good next step for my child. She has done iew, writing with skills and has done well with these curriculums.
Sarah K on Aug 5, 2021
These are such great books that really teach various forms of writing!
Rebecca C on Apr 23, 2022
Excellent writing program!
Katherine M on Aug 28, 2021
I thought it would be a good next step for my child. She has done iew, writing with skills and has done well with these curriculums.
Sarah K on Aug 5, 2021
I started my son in Writing & Rhetoric Book 3 when he was in 6th grade. He completes two books a year, so for 8th grade he'll be using books 7-8. I find it is a good fit for him and not under his ability at all. I think, if done well and students are held accountable to what they're being taught, these books can be a challenge at the age we're doing them, despite the publisher suggested them for possible use with much younger kids. I find them excellent so far.
HEATHER J on Aug 10, 2020
Great writing program
Wendy W on Jan 4, 2020
I have used the two previous books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed the writing exercises, speaking exercises, and essays.
Robin H on Dec 5, 2017
Leaning toward Classical education.
Kristie V on Sep 25, 2017
Class requirement
Daniel H on Aug 24, 2017
Good materials, good price
Kristen H on Aug 23, 2017
Homeschool
Christy L on Aug 21, 2017
required for a class
Carmen on Feb 14, 2017
Both of my daughters have done really well with this series containing quality excerpts, guided writing, and a mix of activities we do together and independently.
Kristen U on Dec 6, 2016
Excellent writing program!
Katherine M on Aug 28, 2021
I started my son in Writing & Rhetoric Book 3 when he was in 6th grade. He completes two books a year, so for 8th grade he'll be using books 7-8. I find it is a good fit for him and not under his ability at all. I think, if done well and students are held accountable to what they're being taught, these books can be a challenge at the age we're doing them, despite the publisher suggested them for possible use with much younger kids. I find them excellent so far.
HEATHER J on Aug 10, 2020
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I am using this with an older student working at a faster pace. Because he is already doing written narrations and other writing in some of his other subjects, I’m using this resource as writing instruction that will help polish the writing that he is already doing. We work together orally through many of the assignments. My student is learning great skills that can be applied to his other assignments.
March 10, 2019
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