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February 13, 2014

Dear Fellow Writing Teacher, Homeschool Mom or Parent,

Has Writing become that dreaded subject noone wants to tread on? Most students dislike grammar because it has no relevance. How BORING is that?

Why not use classics that are interesting & have endured over time. Classical Rhetoric through Structure & Style uses an old-style method called Progymnastmata. Don't worry about that unknown name. Just know it really works to teach your children how to write and keep their interest.

In the process of teaching writing, your students will also discover how to form a good argument. You know your children are ready for this manual when they start arguing with me. Why not use their desire to argue to teach them how to make a good argument?

The source texts presented in Classical Rhetoric are designed to acquaint the students with the great works of the classical tradition in the hope that it will foster in them a love of learning. A sampling of texts used in this program are:

  • Chanticleer & the Fox
  • King Solomon on Wisdom
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Hannibal's Monologue
  • Beowulf
  • Shield of Achilles
  • Odysseus
  • Hamlet
  • St Crispin's Day Speech
  • Mars Hill Appeal
  • Canterbury Tales

You are welcome to use your own source text to tie in learning rhetoric with what you are already reading in history or literature.

Thanks for all you do to make my Homeschool a nicer place. Thank you also for teaching my children to succeeded in their studies. I just wanted to also let you know your seminars have helped my oldest daughter to graduate from Sage College in Albany NY with a BFA in Graphic Design with a 3.98 grade point average! She was one of very few students who could write well and express herself clearly. Her writing skills earned her a place of distinction in her class. My next daughter could not even write a paragraph until 10th grade. After using the IEW techniques with her for years, she found her writing voice and all the techniques clicked. She has just finished her first year in Community College and has earned A's in all of her courses, most of them humanities based, where she was required to write lengthy analysis' and literary critiques. She originally watched the TWSS with me on the first edition video tapes.

Now, my writing phobic daughter is in grade 8 is THRIVING on the History Based Writing Lessons. My daughter in grade 4 is loving the Fairy Tales and Fables lessons. I can not wait to start teaching my two younger sons to write using your methods... AND...I am revamping our entire Language Arts program to reflect IEW's philosophies. As they say: The proof is in the pudding. My older children have proved to me that IEW is the way to go with my younger set. Thank you so much again and again! Blessings to all of you at IEW!

~Faithe Anderson~
Homeschool Parent
Saugerties, New York

Classical Rhetoric offers a complete writing composition course. Adam Muller fully explains the rhetorical devices. In fact he also clearly demonstrates these devices and provides exercises so your students have plenty of practice with each device before he tries using them in his own writing. This is vital to any writing program.

Each lesson is divided into the following elements:

  • Objective for the lesson
  • Source text (from which student will write in his own words)
  • Assignment for student (step-by-step)
  • Note Outlines before writing rough draft
  • Style Tools & Examples (includes practice exercises)
  • Rhetoric Fun (explanation, demonstration, practice exercise)
  • Check Sheets so students know exactly what is expected in their writing

With 31 lessons moving through all nine IEW units, this series composes essays and arguments based on the Progymnasmata. Students will learn how to take notes, summarize narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures and compose their own fables, myths and fairy tales.

Along those lines, it is important to understand that this is not a workbook that will teach the student rhetoric. It is a collection of lessons that you, the teacher, can use to teach rhetoric. You are the critical element for success with this book. 

Wondering What Is Included In Classical Rhetoric Writing Lessons?

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Table of Contents:


Unit I: Note Taking
Lesson 1: Chreia of Socrates and Lincoln
   Lesson 2: Pericles

Unit II: Writing Proverbs and Fables from Notes
Lesson 3: The Heedless Man at the Gates
   Lesson 4: "The Man Who Dined on Turnips" and "Man Enough for the Job"
   Lesson 5: A Truth Speaker

Unit III: Narratio
Lesson 6: Thomas Carlyle
   Lesson 7: Odysseus and Polyphemus
   Lesson 8: Theseus and Minos
   Lesson 9: Chanticleer and the Fox
   Lesson 10: The Slave and the Lion

Unit IV: Encomium and Vituperation
Lesson 11: King Solomon on Wisdom
   Lesson 12: John of Gaunt's Encomium to England
   Lesson 13: Hannibal's Monologue

Lesson 1-13 Review
The Gettysburg Address

Unit V: Description
Lesson 14: Coriolanus
   Lesson 15: The Story of Meleager
   Lesson 16: Beowulf
   Lesson 17: The Shield of Achilles

Unit VI: Comparison
Lesson 18: The Founding of Rome
   Lesson 19: Helen of Troy
   Lesson 20: Creation

Unit VII: Impersonation
Lesson 21: Odysseus
   Lesson 22: Coriolanus
   Lesson 23: Orpheus and Eurydice
   Lesson 24: Chiron
   Learning the Rhetorical Analysis: Sonnet 65

Unit VIII: Thesis, Confirmation, and Refutation
Lesson 25: King Solomon on Wisdom
   Lesson 26: Hamlet
   Lesson 27: The Quality of Mercy
   Lesson 28: Helen of Troy

Unit IX: Formal Critique
Lesson 29: Return to Meleager
   Lesson 30: St. Crispin's Day Speech
   Lesson 31: Mars Hill Appeal

This book is designed for the advanced student who already has a firm grasp of grammar and who is able to employ the rhetorical techniques that are taught in this book.

This is a great way of combining both your rhetoric and writing!
When you use IEW, you will spend time teaching your students HOW TO WRITE, instead of so much time worrying your kids with what to write about. 

SAVE TIME and SPEND MORE TIME with your FAMILY by using these writing lessons that work!

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  Quality Adjective Charts
  Five Senses & Emotions
  Transition Words & Phrases
  Grammar Rules - Punctuation, Confused Words, Clauses, Phrases, etc
  Charts & Checklists
  Answers to Exercises

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