A Classical Writing Road Map

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A Classical Writing Road Map

Postby admin » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:04 am

This is a typical sequence for a classical writing study.

grades 3 - 4: Aesop -- beginning narrative writing. Rewriting short fables.

grades 5 - 6: Homer -- narrative writing with longer stories, rearranging the chronological arrangement of the stories.

grades 7 - 8: Diogenes -- expository writing, explaining why something is wise, good, just kind, right, wrong. We cover the five paragraph essay, basic paragraph writing, outlining, and how to generate thesis statements.

grade 9: Herodotus -- argumentative writing, arguing for an against an issue, learning to generate proper arguments for and against an issue using the rhetorical topics of invention. (Also learning to employ both pathos and appeal to reason to persuade the audience).

grade 10: Plutarch -- descriptive writing, learning to describe (praise and blame) persons, places, things, and ideas. This book builds on and enhances the skills learned in grade 9 with argumentative writing, adding description as means of persuasion.

grade 11 and 12: Demosthenes -- thesis and research paper writing.
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