Classical Composition

HLN is offering ATF&F/EGR1, Fable, Narrative, Chreia/Maxim, and Refutation/Confirmation levels for 2017-2018.

The Memoria Press composition sequence is as follows:

  • All Things Fun & Fascinating
  • Fable
  • Narrative
  • Chreia/Maxim
  • Refutation/Confirmation
  • Common Topic
  • Encomium/Invective/Comparison
  • Characterization
  • Description
  • Thesis & Law

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All Things Fun and Fascinating (IEW) and English Grammar Recitation Book 1 (1.5 hour class) – 2:00 to 3:30

This course has been developed with younger students in mind. The composition portion will focus on structure and style skills needed to start Classical Composition in fourth grade. The English grammar will consist of the memorization of grammar and punctuation rules, as well as practice using the rules. This course is the perfect supplement to Latina Christiana. (Grade 3)

Classical Composition (1.5 hour class) – 2:00 to 3:30

Going back to the method of writing instruction used for over 2,000 years, Classical Composition teaches the student 14 composition skills, called the “Progymnasmata.” These skills are the set of elementary rhetorical exercises that form the basis of persuasive writing. They were employed by Quintilian and Cicero to teach writing and produced writers such as Milton, Shakespeare, and Benjamin Franklin. These classes move at an age-appropriate pace, and they provide your student with the tools to communicate with clarity and force. (Grades 4 + taken in sequence. Starting Classical Composition with a student older than fifth grade? See here for the suggested and modified sequence.)

Never heard of the progymnasmata? Take a moment to explore this article, Introduction to the Progymnasmata.

Classical Composition Sequence: Fable; Narrative; Chreia/Maxim; Refutation/Confirmation; Common Topic; Encomium/Invective/Comparison; Characterization; Description; Thesis & Law

HLN is offering ATF&F/EGR1, Fable, Narrative, Chreia/Maxim, and Refutation/Confirmation levels for 2017-2018.