The Classical Composition I: Fable Set is designed to be used by students in grades 4-12. It includes a set of 4 instructional DVDs, a Student Book, and a Teacher's Guide. The student workbook is consumable so if you are working through this with more than one student you will need a workbook for each student. The student workbook has 20 lessons that are divided into parts so that this course can be completed in a full school year. Each lesson begins with reading one of Aesop's Fables which is followed by learning vocabulary from the fable. Then students study the concepts of recognition, reversal, and suffering in each story by listing examples of each concept. Next students look at a different variation of the story by taking a sentence from the story and coming up with synonyms for the bold words in the sentence and rewriting the sentence using the synonyms. Then students create an outline of the story and practice re-telling the story in their own words using their outlines. Next students paraphrase the story using specific literary concepts that are taught and defined. Then students use "Reduction" to rewrite the story (telling the story from the end to beginning). The students then practice more variations and finally write a final draft where they pick one of their paraphrased writing to edit and polish to turn in. Each of the lessons that we worked on took us about 1.5 weeks to complete working on a little bit each day. The method this composition set uses teaches students to analyze a story and then interpret it in order to retell it to others while using both their imagination and the reader's imagination. They learn all about narrative writing and what it means to use recognition to describe the fables. It all sounds really complicated, but don't worry because Memoria Press has you covered on this composition set. Not only is the teacher's guide extremely detailed so that you can easily open it and teach the lesson to your students, but the instructional DVDs entirely cover each lesson so that you can turn it on to the right lesson and let it teach.
|The instructional DVD.|
|The teacher's guide.|
|Variations were Little Miss' favorite part of the assignments.|
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