Classical Composition II & III: Narrative and Chreia & Maxim Set

Grades 9+


Classical Composition Sequence

Narrative Student Sample
Narrative Teacher Sample
Narrative Track List
Chreia & Maxim Student Sample
Chreia & Maxim Teacher Sample
Chreia & Maxim Track List
Student Aphthonius Paraphrase
Teacher Aphthonius Paraphrase

In the Classical Composition II: Narrative Set, students build invention skills as well as the ability to engage the imagination of an audience. They master the structures of thought that originate narratives and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. They develop the ability to communicate the same idea using a variety of words, sentence structures, and various perspectives. In the third stage of the Classical Composition program, Chreia & Maxim, students gain the ability to create a story through the use of the narrative categories and variation through paraphrase. Students learn to demonstrate the truth of the Commonplace through what the ancient Greek writer Aphthonius calls “eight heads of development,” and students deal more explicitly and thoroughly with what in modern composition theory are referred to as “support points.” The ability to invent four specific types of narrative through these “heads of development” and to paraphrase in two specific ways are the foundational skills to be learned in this stage.