Progymnasmata for the High School Student

The draft of this writing curriculum will appear here, in regular installments, as it is pulled together, beginning in summer 2023.

Year One, for 9th graders, will cover Fable, Narrative, Anecdote, and Maxim over thirty-six weeks, nine weeks per “exercise” (type of writing); Year Two, Refutation, Confirmation, Commonplace, and Encomium; Year Three, Invective, Comparison, Personification, and Description; and, Year Four will conclude the exercises with Argument and Introduction to Law, at which point, the curriculum will culminate in a study of Rhetoric.

The pace may quicken, but will certainly not slacken. Analysis of exemplary writings of each type will inform and inspire student writing.

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