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Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II (Student Edition)


A one-semester course for grades 4 or 5 and up

In the award-winning Writing & Rhetoric series, author Paul Kortepeter has thoughtfully and creatively recovered the proven method of the progymnasmata, a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric.

Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II (Student Edition) is the third book in this 12-book series. Narrative II exposes students to new genres of story, including historical narrative and legend. It includes a variety of culturally important examples. All of the skills practiced in Narrative I are extended and new skill sets are introduced, including identifying the difference between fact and opinion and learning to ask the five W’s of a historical narrative: who, what, when, where, why.

Lessons include:

  • How to define and identify types of narrative
  • How to outline stories
  • How to get a story off the ground
  • How the protagonist and antagonist develop the central story conflict
  • How to discern the difference between fact and opinion in historical narrative and legend
  • How to identify the five W’s of an historical narrative—who, what, when, where, why
  • How to summarize a longer narrative in writing
  • Rewriting: what happens when you change the point of view and the protagonist
  • How to apply storytelling skills
  • Elocution skills and oration

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Suggested Schedule (PDF)

Narrative II Rubric (PDF)

Read more about The Method, Philosophy, and the Progymnasmata

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Paul Kortepeter

Paul Kortepeter currently serves as curriculum director and eighth-grade teacher at The Oaks Academy, a private K–12 classical school in Indianapolis. His passion for helping students write effectively and speak persuasively led him to write the Writing & Rhetoric series, a step-by-step program for young writers based on the classical progymnasmata. Paul has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Earlham College and a master of fine arts degree in cinema production from the University of Southern California. While a student at USC, he edited a documentary film on the homeless that was nominated for an Academy Award. He spent the next six years in Los Angeles developing made-for-TV movies for popular performers such as Jane Seymour, Pierce Brosnan, Walter Matthau, and Isabella Rossellini. More recently, he worked as senior editor for Sunrise Publications, now a division of Hallmark Cards. While at Sunrise, he met artist Susan Wheeler and the two collaborated in creating picture books for Dutton Children’s Books and gift books for Harvest House Publishers.

Grade Level: Grades 4-5
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: 
Width: 8.5in
Height: 11.0in
Pages: 216
Version: 1.1

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