Writing & Rhetoric Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation (Student Edition)
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 seventh in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years.
Encomium & Vituperation
What is an encomium and a vituperation? An encomium is a short essay praising the virtues of someone or something; a vituperation is a critical essay that reveals faults. In addition to guiding students through the writing of their own essays of praise and criticism, this book also leads your students step by step through a research project about a fascinating person. While students are learning about a remarkable life, they will also be learning how to learn. This research is achievable and the natural next step as students gain the skills of reading a variety of texts on a research subject, taking notes, creating an essay from these notes, and citing their sources.
In this one-semester book, students will learn to:
- Discern the main idea
- Use hyperbole and thesis
- Incorporate background and supportive detail
- Understand the difference between the genres of biography and autobiography
- Note the good and poor qualities present in a person or event
- Contrast different behaviors after weighing their merits
- Craft effective conclusions that encourage readers either to emulate or avoid specific behaviors
- Learn to write a research paper in all its parts, including making notecards, outlining, integrating sources, and citing sources
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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 6-7
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: Semester