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Writing & Rhetoric Book 6: Commonplace Teacher’s Edition


A one-semester course for grades 5 or 6 and up

Think of the progymnasmata as a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. In the award-winning Writing & Rhetoric series, author Paul Kortepeter has recovered this proven method of teaching writing in conjunction with critical thinking and speaking.  This is the sixth in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years.


Writing & Rhetoric Book 6: Commonplace continues the development of the art of persuasive writing and oration. Students will learn to create six-paragraph essays that are arguments against the common vices of people and arguments in favor of common virtues. For example, cowardice and boasting are criticized while courage and humility are commended. This teacher’s edition includes the complete student text, as well as answer keys, teacher’s notes, and explanations. For every writing assignment, this edition also supplies descriptions and examples of what excellent student writing should look like, providing the teacher with meaningful and concrete guidance.

In addition to practicing skills they learned in earlier books, students will learn to:

  • Write six-paragraph essays
  • Support a thesis statement
  • Argue against certain vices
  • Argue for certain virtues
  • Use comparison and contrast
  • Introduce and conclude an essay
  • Use a rhetorical device known as “the contrary”
  • Invent soliloquies to support an argument
  • Deliver writing orally
  • Revise writing

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Grade Level: Grades 5-6
Course Length: 
Width: 8.5in
Height: 11.0in
Pages: 296
Version: 1.1

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