A one-semester course for grades 5 or 6 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 sixth in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years.
Writing & Rhetoric Book 6: Commonplace (Student Edition) continues the development of the art of persuasive writing and oration. Students will learn to create six-paragraph essays that are arguments against the common vices of people and arguments in favor of common virtues. For example, cowardice and boasting are criticized while courage and humility are commended.
In addition to practicing skills they learned in earlier books, students will learn to:
Write six-paragraph essays
Support a thesis statement
Argue against certain vices
Argue for certain virtues
Use comparison and contrast
Introduce and conclude an essay
Use a rhetorical device known as “the contrary”
Invent soliloquies to support an argument
Deliver writing orally