The Classical Composition I: Fable Set will give you everything you need to begin Memoria Press’ Classical Composition series. This set includes a Student Book, Teacher Guide, and Instructional DVDs.
How to Teach Classical Composition I: Fable
Fable DVD Sample
What if you could teach your child using the same writing program that produced such masters of the language as John Milton, William Shakespeare, and Benjamin Franklin? What if you could have the same composition curriculum used by Quintilian, the greatest teacher of ancient rhetoric, and Cicero, the greatest persuasive speaker of all time?
Jim Selby has blown the dust off the writing curriculum that was used in schools for over 1,500 years and put it in an easy-to-teach format that will revolutionize your home or private school curriculum. Presented clearly and systematically in a structured curriculum, Classical Composition will give you a clear road map to writing excellence.
Ancient writers invented a way of teaching writing known as the progymnasmata, which provided a method of teaching composition that not only taught budding writers a disciplined way to approach communication, but also helped them appeal to the heads of their audience. The progymnasmata gave them the stylistic tools to appeal to their hearts as well.
The greatest communicators of ancient times, Quintilian and Cicero among them, employed the progymnasmata to teach their students the art of communication. The 14 exercises, organized from the simplest and most basic to the most complex and sophisticated, were the core education of a classical speaker, designed to produce what Quintilian once called “the good man, speaking well.”
We’ve used the Composition books from Memoria Press for two years now. I’ve been very impressed with how well my children are learning to think and to write. I highly recommend these books.
With first and simple thought, the Classical Composition Fable stage seems too simple, too slow. But after using it, 5 stars isn’t enough to give it due recommendation.
My first child had not the good fortune of being gifted that certain imagination useful to great writing and I settled for thinking she’d never rise to the good writer status. But work through the Fable Stage we did, and by the last third of the course, she was writing fables herself. In her SPARE time. She commandeered a notebook and filled many pages with fables, beautifully crafted, proudly shared, each unique from the examples guided in the course. She has confidence with writing now. And I have no reservations now, knowing the Classical Composition offering with all its stages will prepare a student of any gifting with the tools to think of some persuasive thought and write it well.
Thank you Memoria Press for giving families the gift of the historical Progymnasmata put in a practical and easily used format!