Classical Composition III: Chreia & Maxim

Suggested Grades: 
6th-8th grade

Meeting Info:
Class Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisites: Classical Composition II. Students should have a very basic knowledge of English grammar (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.) and punctuation. Students will not need to type in class, but they will need to type their final drafts.

This is the third course in classical composition (progymnasmata). This is a method of how to teach writing that has been used for centuries until just recently. 

In Classical Composition II: Chreia & Maxim, the children will move on from recreating stories like the did in CC1 & CC2, and expand their writing abilities by learning the “Heads of Development” as they work through a chreia (a saying by a famous figure) or a maxim (a proverb). 

The 8 Heads of Development are Encomium, Paraphrase, Cause, Converse, Analogy, Example, Testimony, and Epilogue. 

This is the year, where you will see your child’s writing skyrocket as they begin to understand how to put together a strong paper. 

Three weeks are spent on each lesson. We work on the harder lessons in class, leaving the easier lessons for at home. At the end of each lesson, the children read their final re-writes in class which also helps them become more comfortable with oral presentations and speaking.

Note: We do offer grading for this course based on its recommended grading rubric. Students will type out their paper and can share it to the teacher via email and she’ll send back the graded paper. (If done through google drive, this is done automatically.)
This is not required but we do offer it to help parents.

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