Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable - Classical Academic Press

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A one-semester course for grades 3 or 4 and up

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 jetés and somersaults.

Too often students are expected to tackle complex writing assignments without learning the necessary intermediate steps.

The Writing & Rhetoric series method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps.

 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.

Fable is the first in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years, starting in grades 3 or 4 and up.

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Full program includes: Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable (consumable student edition)

This book teaches students the practice of close reading and comprehension, summarizing a story aloud and in writing, and amplification of a story through description and dialogue.

Students learn how to identify different kinds of stories; determine the beginning, middle, and end of stories; recognize point of view; and see analogous situations, among other essential tools.

Lessons include: Narration/telling it back (creating a natural sense of outline/sequence) Analogy—learning how this story is like/different from other stories Comprehension Sentence play/word play Rewriting (gaining a sense of internal structure of a piece of writing) Summary Amplification Rewriting given stories Speak It—experiencing the story from your own mouth (orally) with an audience for a different point of contact, often with some sort of change than the first time you heard it.

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