Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Composition in the Classical Tradition

First Four Units:

The Narrative
Retelling Narratives
  • Condensed
  • Expanded
  • Slanted

The Description
Methods of Describing
  • Times
  • Places
  • Actions
  • Persons
  • Things
Ordering the Details
  • Spatial
  • Temporal
  • Order of Impression

The Fable

Retelling Fables
  • Expanding -- dialogue
  • Expanding -- description
  • Expanding -- adding both
  • Shortening a Fable
  • Inventing a New Fable
Adapting Fables to Given Contexts
  • Adding a Moral Tag
  • Adding a Fable to a Moral Tag
  • Fitting the Fable into the Full Pattern

Amplifying Proverbs
  • Heaping up Aphorisms
  • Giving Examples
  • Giving Reasons
  • Combining Reasons with Examples
  • Developing the Full Pattern
Relating Parts to Whole
  • The Three Part Pattern
  • The Standard Pattern
  • OTher Possibilities

My ideas about what I want him to be able to do:

  • Write simple stories -- written narration
  • Use examples to support a point
  • Generalize a point from an example
  • Compile information or ideas from more than one source
  • Improve oral narration and ability to discuss
  • Research a topic with only a bit of guidance.
  • "invent" topics and amplifications
  • Condense longer things into shorter
  • keep a book of ideas and examples as a source for invention.

Other things to fit in:

  • Notetaking and Outlines
  • Public Speaking (presentations)
  • Summarizing from Notes
  • The Precis
  • Commonplace Book (copywork topically arranged)
  • Research Skills (compiling information from 2 and more sources)
  • Style (correlated with grammar -- work on description in relationship to modifiers, etc)
  • Developing own topic (invention)
  • Writer's notebook

Go through his books and make lists of topics to pursue. This is partly dependent upon what he shows an interest in.


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