3rd-5th: Elementary Writing & Rhetoric

Teacher Info:

Teacher Name: Ann Rodman
Teacher Email: annrodman@gmail.com

Monthly Cost, Fees and Deposit

Tuition:  $160 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20
Supply/Materials Fee: $15 (due at registration)
Deposit: $20 (due at registration)
Venmo Address: @Ann-Rodman-1

Class Details

Class Time: 2nd hour
Grades: 3rd-5th
Minimum Class Size: 8
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: Yes
Prerequisite: Students should be able to write in complete sentences.
Estimated Homework Hours: 1-2 hrs
Required Materials or Books: 
1st Semester Book (required in hand first day of class):

Writing & Rhetoric Book 1 : Fable (Student Edition) by Classical Academic Press.
ISBN: 160051216X (~$17.49- $19.95)


2nd Semester Book (required in hand after Christmas Break):

Writing & Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative I (Student Edition) by Classical Academic Press. ISBN: 1600512186 (~$17.49- $19.95)

*NOTE * The combined programs are available and include the student edition, teacher's edition, and audio files of readings included in the book. $39.95 (Not necessary but available if you would like answers and additional guidance at home)

Class Description

In this course, students will learn writing in conjunction with critical thinking and speaking.

During the first half of the school year, students will learn about the form of fables, discover culturally important examples, practice reading short texts, learn to copy accurately, strengthen their memory through dictation, gain opportunities to imitate sentences & fables, learn about the concepts of the main idea/character traits, and more.

The second-semester students will be exposed to parables, myths, and other tales to teach beginning writers the craft of writing well. Lessons focus on beginning/middle/end; written and oral narration; longer writing assignments; the main idea; conflict; adding dialogue and description; writing given stories; and more.

Using books 1 & 2 of Classical Academic Press’s “Writing and Rhetoric” curriculum, students will learn:

 Narration/telling it back (creating a natural sense of outline/sequence)
 Analogy—learning how this story is like/different from other stories
 Comprehension
 Sentence play/word play
 Rewriting (gaining a sense of internal structure of a piece of writing)
 Summary
 Amplification
 Speak It—experiencing the story from your own mouth (orally) with an audience for a different point of contact, often with some sort of change than the first time you heard it.
 Beginning, middle, end
 Written narration as well as oral
 Longer writing assignments or corollary assignments, changing the order of the story
 Main idea
 Conflict (middle)
 Adding dialogue to the amplification (and description)
 Rewriting given stories