Writing and Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1

By: Paul Kortepeter

$26.90

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

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 jetés 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.

Narrative I, the second book of twelve in the Writing & Rhetoric series, uses parable, myth, and other tales to continue the recovery of the proven method of teaching writing, using various forms of narrative to teach beginning writers the craft of writing well. This is the second in a series of twelve books that will train students over six years, starting in grades three or four and up.

Lessons includes:

  • Beginning middle end
  • Written narration as well as oral
  • Longer writing assignments or corollary assignments, changing the order of the story
  • Main idea
  • Conflict (middle)
  • Adding dialogue to the amplification (and description)
  • Rewriting given stories
  • Speak it—oral encounter with the rewritten story

For placement recommendations and other questions, please see our FAQ page.

Suggested Schedule (PDF)

Summary Rubric (PDF)
Narrative Rubric (PDF)
Amplification Rubric (PDF)

Read more about The Method, Philosophy, and the Progymnasmata

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Companion Resources

Writing and Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1 – Student Text
Writing and Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1 – Teacher’s Edition
Writing and Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1 – Audio CD

Additional Information

Weight .45 kg
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .4 in
ISBN 13

9781600512186

Published Date

2013

Author

Paul Kortepeter

Publisher

Classical Academic Press

Format

Paperback

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1 review for Writing and Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1

  1. Sarah Amalia (verified owner)

    My children have all enjoyed the wide variety of subjects and styles in the literature presented; from the detail oriented child who likes to embellish and create grand stories, to the fact driven one who is grateful to be given a place to start and a model to follow, to the mom who likes a pick-up-and-go type of text that is thorough, interesting and well designed; this resource (and entire series) is a win. The lessons are manageable and age appropriate. They can also be easily adapted for length as desired. Working through two levels is very reasonable in a single school year, though one could also be stretched to fill. I plan to have my younger children use this material.

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