With the Classical Composition II: Narrative Stage Student Book, students continue to build invention skills as well as the ability to engage the imagination of an audience. They master the structures of thought that originate narratives and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. They develop the ability to communicate the same idea using a variety of words, sentence structures, and various perspectives.
Through a number of re-writing, re-narrating, and re-composing exercises based upon the original fable, students will practice expanding their vocabulary, rewording ideas, expanding and reducing descriptive details, varying their sentences, and proofreading.
Short narratives from the Bible, the classics, and traditional stories, are chosen for children's ability to easily imitate them.
The focus on imitation as a tool to good writing uses an emphasis on variation and paraphrasing to provide the basic first step towards mastering writing skills.
In the first Classical Composition book (Fable), students learn variation and paraphrasing through imitation. In the second book (Narrative) they learn the basics of descriptive writing and the components of a story. In the new, third volume (Chreia/Maxim), students will learn to write good, explanatory paragraphs based on famous sayings.
Easy-to-use worksheets include the narrative and plenty of line space for students to fill in their variations, plot components, outlines, and paraphrases. The final draft should be completed in a different notebook.