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Writing & Rhetoric Book 1 - Fable

Writing & Rhetoric Book 1 - Fable

Fable, the first book in the Writing & Rhetoric series, 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

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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.

Fable, the first book in the Writing & Rhetoric series, 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. The Writing & Rhetoric series recovers a proven method of teaching writing, using fables to teach beginning writers the craft of writing well. This is the first in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years, starting in grades 3 or 4 and up.



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—a different point of contact, often with some sort of change than the first time you heard it.

For more information and sample pages please see here at Classical Academic Press

Find the accompanying Teachers Guide here. Buy both books as a set here

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