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Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison Program

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A one-semester course for grades 6 or 7 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 eighth in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years.

Full program includes:

  • In Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison (consumable student edition) students will be writing well-crafted, six-paragraph expository essays comparing two subjects. Comparisons can be made between people, historical events, ideas, inventions, animals, foods—just about anything, really. The purpose of these essays is to analyze two subjects and use this comparison to demonstrate similarities and differences between them. In these essays, students will be making use of a range of writing skills, including the ability to inform, to describe, to narrate, and to analyze. In this one-semester book, students will learn to:
    • Compare subjects of American history from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression of the 1930s
    • Use topic sentences for organizing paragraphs and information
    • Create analogies for powerful appeals to emotion
    • Incorporate supportive facts, details, and quotations
    • Annotate texts and write brief narrative overviews
    • Craft effective conclusions that encourage curiosity for future study
    • Work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection
    • Build copiousness through sentence variety and rhetorical devices, including analogy, simile, metaphor, chiasma, hypophora, parallelism, and anastrophe
    • Engage in group discussions that foster critical thinking
    • Improve essays using oration as an aid to revision
  • Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison Teacher’s Edition This teacher’s edition includes the complete student text, as well as answer keys, teacher’s notes, and explanations. This teacher’s edition also contains descriptions and examples of what excellent student writing should be like for every writing assignment, providing the teacher with meaningful and concrete guidance.
  • Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison Audio Files These audio files accompany the Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison book and allow students to engage their sense of hearing and their listening intelligence as Greg Lowe delivers the readings aloud in a thoughtful manner.

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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 6-7
Course Length:

  • Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison (Student Edition)
  • Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison Teacher’s Edition
  • Writing & Rhetoric Book 8: Comparison MP3 Audio Files

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