Since I began homeschooling my son in 4th grade, I have changed our math curriculum, I have changed the structure of our day, and I have changed my approach to teaching science and history, but I have never changed our writing curriculum. I am searching for resources to help parents and teachers implement Writing and Rhetoric. Writing and Rhetoric has been a curriculum purchase for us for the past three years.
Since I began homeschooling my son in 4th grade, I have changed our math curriculum, I have changed the structure of our day, and I have changed my approach to teaching science and history, but I have never changed our writing curriculum.
Writing and Rhetoric is a cornerstone in my son's education. I am searching for resources to help parents and teachers implement Writing and Rhetoric. Scroll to the bottom to see what I've found. Writing and Rhetoric has been a curriculum purchase for us for the past three years.
I have in no way been compensated for this post. Opinions in this post are solely my own. No one at Classical Academic Press has any idea who I am. Each chapter starts with an introduction and a short literary selection. The literary selections all have a theme, which I like.
In book 4 of the series, all of the readings where short biographies of important people from the Middle Ages: After the reading, students process the reading, either through a narration written or oral or an outline. A set of discussion questions follow to encourage students to think deeply about the reading before they are required to write about it.
The next section is titled "Go Deeper" and it is a short section that requires students to look closer at elements of the story such as the vocabulary, themes, or main ideas.
The following photos are taken from the teacher's guide. The student text is identical, but without the answers, of course! In the "Writing Time" section, students do several things. They compete a series of short guided exercise where they practice writing sentences that are more complex than they might come up with on their own.
My son likes that some of the writing exercises encourage humor. In later books, they also practice writing main ideas and topic sentences. The "Writing Time" section culminates in a longer writing assignment.
Books focus on narrative writing and Books 4 and up focus on essay writing. When my son is stumped about how to write a paragraph, I simply read him one of the sample paragraphs so he can get an idea of what his should sound like.
It is usually all that he needs to go forth and write an original an interesting paragraph on his own. The final section is the "Speak It" section which provides a variety of ways for students to practice speaking in front of others.
Impromptu speaking exercises, reciting poems or sections of famous speeches, and reading dialogues out loud are examples of some of the speaking exercises in this section.
Please note that all of the pictures above are from books 4 and 5 of the Writing and Rhetoric Series.
Why We Use Writing and Rhetoric When choosing curriculum my first year homeschooling, I spent a lot of time agonizing over writing curriculum.
My son is dysgraphic and writing was painful, laborious, and frustrating. I wanted a writing curriculum that didn't have the underlying assumption that doing an exercise must be done many, many times to "cement" the concept in child's mind. You know the idea, "If practicing something three times is good, the practicing it thirty times is better!
Knowing that my son rebelled strongly against any writing assignment that was formulaic, I knew that I needed a writing curriculum that was smartly written and that respected the intelligence of the students using it. I wanted the exercises to be well thought out and free of busy work.
After looking at a few highly recommended writing curricula, I was coming to the conclusion that nothing out there was going to work. I also know that making up a writing curriculum on the fly isn't exactly easy.
Then a new writing program came across my radar called Writing and Rhetoric.
Only the first book was out at the time. Writing and Rhetoric was based an an ancient Greek writing program called the Progymnasmata.I was blessed to be given a copy of the Writing and Rhetoric Fable book to review.
This book is the first in their series of 12 books, intended to be used as a progressive 6 year (1 book per semester) program, which starts out by using the skill of imitation as a foundation for learning writing. Rhetoric is very important in writing.
At Cherryleaf, when we improve company policies and procedures, a lot of what we do at is define and create a rhetorical structure.
Each procedure states who it affects, what they must do, when they must do it, who is the “owner” of the procedure etc.
I was blessed to be given a copy of the Writing and Rhetoric Fable book to review. This book is the first in their series of 12 books, intended to be used as a progressive 6 year (1 book per semester) program, which starts out by using the skill of imitation as a foundation for learning writing.
Writing & Rhetoric is a Classical writing program. It starts with Book 1 (grades 3/4) and goes all the way to Book 12 (grades 8/9), with such titles as Fable, Chreia & Proverb, Comparison, Impersonation & Description, Thesis, Attack/Defend a Law. Alexandria Peary maintains a dual career in creative writing and composition-rhetoric and is the author of four books, including Control Bird Alt Delete and Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (with Tom C.
Hunley, Southern Illinois UP). Writing and Rhetoric advertises itself to be a “Creative Approach to the Classical Progymnasmata” which basically means this is a new, fresh way to teach writing; based on a time tested, well respected method that dates all the way back to Roman times.