Language Arts for Upper School
POETICS & PROGYM
Composition, grammar, and rhetoric lessons structured around Homer's Odyssey and the narrative, proverb, and anecdote stages of the progymnasmata. Composition lessons focus on outlining, summary and précis, and beginning expository and persuasive writing. Grammar lessons are applied using selections from classic literature and poems, including challenging sentence diagramming lessons. Also includes studies in poetry, literary analysis, figures of speech, and figures of description. Scroll down to read more about Poetics & Progym. This is the first in a series of three books for 8th grade and up.
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POETICS & PROGYM I TEACHING HELPS PROOF EDITION includes an Answer Key for all grammar exercises (diagramming & parsing!) as well as other exercises which warrant it.
*Poetics & Progym I Proof editions are updated to accompany the new expanded Sentence Sense Proof Edition 2017. The text of Harvey's Grammar, including the exercises, is incorporated directly into the Sentence Sense resource in response to customer requests! Since the Teaching Helps books contain answer keys for the assigned exercises, you do not need to purchase either the Harvey's text or answer key.
For optional additional review exercises, you may access a Key to Harvey's Practical Grammar online.
Recommended Accompanying Materials
More About Poetics & Progym
Language Arts for Upper School is a comprehensive literature-based classical grammar and composition course for students beginning in 8th grade and up. The works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare provide most of the literary content for student exercises and essays. The progressing exercises of the classical progymnasmata provide the structure of the composition lessons.
THREE SEQUENTIAL LEVELS Poetics & Progym I reviews and expands on the fable and narrative exercises taught in Bards & Poets, and introduces the anecdote, and proverb exercises; Homer’s Odyssey is the primary literature selection. Poetics & Progym II begins with the Progym twin exercises confirmation and refutation, then teaches the common-place exercise, and finishes with triplet exercises encomium, invective, and comparison; Virgil’s Aeneid, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and a few of Plutarch’s Lives are the primary literature selections. Poetics & Progym III completes the progym with the description, speech-in-character, thesis, and law exercises; Dante’s Inferno is the primary literature selection.
- Poetry & Prose—literary analysis: reading and comprehending the elements of a story or poem, including genre, characters, setting, plot, sequence, rhetorical situation, literary context, poetic form & meter (scansion)
- Language Logic—grammar and word usage: grammar lessons, vocabulary study, parsing the parts of speech, and sentence diagramming
- Eloquent Expression—style development: building copia (abundant and ready supply) of words and construction, paraphrasing, figures of speech, figures of description
- Classical Composition—imitation-based composition assignments guide students to develop proficiency in invention, arrangement, and style as they follow the writing sequence (plan, write, revise)
- Commonplace Book—a time-honored practice for writers of all ages: collecting and copying worthy literary selections