Classical Composition 3

Chreia/Maxim Stages

As the third course in the Classical Composition series, Classical Composition 3 should be undertaken after completing Classical Composition 1 and Classical Composition 2.  The Chreia/Maxim Stages are the third and fourth of fourteen stages in the Progymnasmata exercises.  The Greeks developed this series of exercises to prepare students for rhetoric and delivering formal orations.  They were adopted by the Church, adapted during the Renaissance, and practiced by the West until very recently.

Students will learn to write by learning to think through the process of varying a truth under eight heads of development, each forming an exercise, each resembling a paragraph.  The Eight Heads of Development are:  Encomium (praise), Paraphrase (restatement), Cause (general story), Converse (opposite general story), Analogy (comparison), Example (specific case), Testimony (authority), and Epilogue (conclusion or summary).  The first head of development defines a worthy subject for thought; the second through seventh describes an operation of the mind as it grapples with the truth of the saying; and the last calls the reader to an affirmation of the truth.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop in the student an appreciation for sound writing.
  • Inculcate in the student the habits of good writers through imitation of their structure and style.
  • Equip the apprentice writer to become an analytical reader and writer.
  • Provide techniques the student writer can employ for any given writing task.
  • Prepare the student writer to generate ideas, organize those ideas, and express those ideas well by providing him with structured practice in Invention (generating ideas), Arrangement (organizing ideas), and Decoration (stating the ideas in their most effective form) (Discovery, Organization, and Elocution).
  • Develop a shared vocabulary and practice between the teacher and student.

Students taking this course will have a mid-term and final exam each semester.  Additionally, students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Classical Composition Vol. III Student Book: Chreia/Maxim Stage, James A. Selby, Memoria Press
  • Classical Composition Vol. III Teacher Guide: Chreia/Maxim Stage, James A. Selby, Memoria Press

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 4: Eight Paragraphs Final Draft* Week 4: Eight Paragraphs Final Draft*
Week 9: Quarter 1 Exam Week 9: Quarter 3 Exam
Week 12: Eight Paragraphs Final Draft* Week 12: Eight Paragraphs Final Draft*
Week 18: Quarter 2 Exam Week 18: Quarter 4 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading these assignments.  The rubric will be available in the course’s associated Parent Group.

 

Course Details:

Section Number

SPE-05CC2

Grades (Typical)

 4 – 8 (7th & 8th)

Lecturer

Mrs. O’Connor

Lecture Format

Self-Paced

Tuition

 $499

Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus

$150

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Junior High Literature
History 8
Religion & Bible History 8

Online Companion Courses

Literature 8
History 8
Religion & Bible History 8

Course Plan Sample

Classical Composition 3

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.

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