Classical Composition IV: Refutation & Confirmation

Suggested Grades: 
7th-9th grade 

Meeting Info:
Class Duration: 1 hour

Prerequisites: Classical Composition III 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 fourth 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 IV: Refutation & Confirmation, the children have well move on from recreating stories like the did in CC1 & CC2, and will now begin two sets of exercises (refuting a story and then confirming it). 

These two exercises (Refutation and Confirmation) would correspond to the modern argumentative essay.

The students will learn how to structure their thoughts and communication while working though individual categories of development (or paragraphs). 

Two-three weeks are spent on each lesson. In the beginning, we work on all parts of the lesson together and towards the end of the year, students will do some parts on their own. At the end of each lesson, the children read their final drafts in class (on rotation) 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 with 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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