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Writing & Rhetoric. Book 9: Description & Impersonation
Writing & Rhetoric. Book 9: Description & Impersonation
Writing & Rhetoric. Book 9: Description & Impersonation
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Writing & Rhetoric. Book 9: Description & Impersonation

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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. 

A one-semester course for grades 7 or 8 and up Think of the progymnasmata as a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. In the award-winning Writing & Rhetoric series, author Paul Kortepeter has recovered this proven method of teaching writing in conjunction with critical thinking and speaking. This is the ninth in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years.

Full program includes:

    In Writing & Rhetoric Book 9: Description & Impersonation (consumable student edition), students will be writing well-crafted descriptive and expository compositions. The first part, description, emphasizes the use of vivid language to describe people, nature, and processes. The second part, impersonation, introduces the modes of persuasion as a means of imitating the writing style and outlook of four famous individuals: journalist Nellie Bly, writer Henry Williamson, athlete Jesse Owens, and statesman Winston Churchill. In these compositions, students will be making use of a range of writing skills, including the ability to inform, to describe, to narrate, and to analyze. In this one-semester book, students will learn to:
    • favor vivid words that appeal to the senses in fiction and nonfiction
    • use topic sentences for organizing paragraphs and information
    • appeal to readers through modes of persuasion: emotion (pathos), credibility (ethos), and logic (logos)
    • employ rhetorical devices that show clarity of thought: aetiologia, anthypophora, expeditio, and syllogismus
    • incorporate supportive facts and details
    • annotate and narrate texts with a variety of strategies: oral narration, summary, outline, and modes of persuasion
    • craft an effective plot using conflict and character
    • build copiousness through sentence variety and rhetorical devices, including alliteration, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, epistrophe, and anaphora
    • work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection
    • engage in group discussions that foster critical thinking
    • improve essays using oration as an aid to revision
    Writing & Rhetoric Book 9: Description & Impersonation Teacher's Edition This teacher’s edition includes the complete student text, as well as answer keys, teacher’s notes, and explanations. It also contains descriptions and examples of what excellent student writing should be like for every writing assignment, providing the teacher with meaningful and concrete guidance.
    Writing & Rhetoric Book 9: Description & Impersonation Audio Files These audio files accompany Writing & Rhetoric Book 9: Description & Impersonation and allow students to engage their sense of hearing and their listening intelligence as Greg Lowe and Tristin Schambach deliver the readings aloud in a thoughtful manner.



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