Classical Academic Press
Writing & Rhetoric. Book 1: Fable
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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 is the first in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years, starting in grades 3 or 4 and up.
- Narration/telling it back (creating a natural sense of outline/sequence)
- Analogy—learning how this story is like/different from other stories
- Sentence play/word play
- Rewriting (gaining a sense of internal structure of a piece of writing)
- 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.