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    Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

    What are the prerequisites for a student just starting out in Classical Composition? My daughter is going into 9th grade. She's moderately dyslexic. I'm wondering how CC will work for her. She still struggles with the concept of a well written paragraph, but she can write. Her longest paper was around two pages on the Greeks.

    Are there accelerated lesson plans for CC for a 9th grader just beginning the program?

    Is CC able to be used somewhat independently? She likes to work on her own when possible so she isn't waiting for mom!

    I've been looking at the online classes too. Specifically Foundations. Any thoughts? I'd like to get her as far as possible in 4 years. We're coming from a classical program that does not formally teach writing. She definitely needs a more formal composition program.

    Angela
    God Bless,

    Angela

    S 19: Graduated from MODG in Spring 2018! Now a Firefighter and full time EMT Specialist (on his way to Paramedic)!
    D 17: Graduating this year!!
    D 16: 11th grade
    S 13: 7/8th grade
    S 9: 4th grade
    D 7: 1st/2nd grade
    D 5: 1st grade

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    Re: Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

    I don't have a dyslexic so someone else might be better able to discuss it. I know they have plans for fable and narrative in a year, but I don't know beyond that. I didn't do well with it on my own, but I was dealing with a moody preteen girl at the time. There are DVD lectures available for some of the early levels. My daughter has loved the online academy for writing and Latin. HSCOMP 1 covers the first four levels from the beginning with no prior experience needed in Classical Composition. HSCOMP 1-3 will cover all the levels of the program.
    Dorinda

    For 2019-2020
    DD 16 - 11th with MPOA(AP Latin), Lukeion (Greek4 & Adv. NT Greek), Thinkwell (Economics and Chemistry), plus Pre-Calculus, American G’ment, Early Church History set, and British Lit
    DS 14 - 8th with MPOA(Fourth Form), CLRC(Intro Lit and Comp), plus Algebra, Field Biology, Classical Studies 1
    DS 11 - 6th with Right Start Level G online class
    DS 6 - 1st with Prima Latina

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      #3
      Re: Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

      Originally posted by Mom2mthj View Post
      I don't have a dyslexic so someone else might be better able to discuss it. I know they have plans for fable and narrative in a year, but I don't know beyond that. I didn't do well with it on my own, but I was dealing with a moody preteen girl at the time. There are DVD lectures available for some of the early levels. My daughter has loved the online academy for writing and Latin. HSCOMP 1 covers the first four levels from the beginning with no prior experience needed in Classical Composition. HSCOMP 1-3 will cover all the levels of the program.
      Had your daughter already covered some of the comp levels before taking Comp I? Or no prior Comp? If so, how did that go? Trying to decide if Comp I makes sense for my son who has already completed Fable, Narrative, and some lessons of Chreia/Maxim. It seems to be the only comp class to fit schedule wise.
      Katie

      2020/21 7th year with MP
      DS 16: 11th, MPOA, HSC, Dual Enrolled
      DD 13: 9th, MPOA Diploma Program
      DD 9: mix of MP 5, Seton, HSC, MPOA Latin,
      Twin DD's 7: mix of MP 2, Seton

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        #4
        Re: Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

        Originally posted by Katie View Post
        Had your daughter already covered some of the comp levels before taking Comp I? Or no prior Comp? If so, how did that go? Trying to decide if Comp I makes sense for my son who has already completed Fable, Narrative, and some lessons of Chreia/Maxim. It seems to be the only comp class to fit schedule wise.
        My daughter started in 7th with Middle School Comp 2 and completed High School Comp 2 this past year in 8th grade. For 9th she will take High School Comp 3 and be done with the sequence. In reality she hadn't done but a few fable lessons and maybe a narrative lesson, but had done Writing with Ease and a year of IEW and found Fable and Narrative all very boring. Comments like "the lessons are all the same" were uttered frequently. As a 6th grade girl there was more going on than writing ;-) I put her in MS Comp 2 which briefly reviews fable and narrative and moves on to C/M and R/C and she found it to be just right...a bit intense at first to memorize the terms and to acclimate to actual deadlines from someone other than me, but she loved the class. It looks like it is classified as 1/2 a high school credit, but I liked the extra time on the C/M and R/C levels. The original poster was asking about starting from the beginning which is why I mentioned the first year of HS Composition. If HS Comp 1 is what works in the schedule I would go for it.

        Hope this helped a bit.
        Dorinda

        For 2019-2020
        DD 16 - 11th with MPOA(AP Latin), Lukeion (Greek4 & Adv. NT Greek), Thinkwell (Economics and Chemistry), plus Pre-Calculus, American G’ment, Early Church History set, and British Lit
        DS 14 - 8th with MPOA(Fourth Form), CLRC(Intro Lit and Comp), plus Algebra, Field Biology, Classical Studies 1
        DS 11 - 6th with Right Start Level G online class
        DS 6 - 1st with Prima Latina

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          Re: Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

          I'm still wondering about prerequisites for CC (Fable and Narrative Accelerated)? What are the bare minimums?

          Does anyone have experience with the Foundations class? How about Foundations compared to High School Composition I?

          Angela
          God Bless,

          Angela

          S 19: Graduated from MODG in Spring 2018! Now a Firefighter and full time EMT Specialist (on his way to Paramedic)!
          D 17: Graduating this year!!
          D 16: 11th grade
          S 13: 7/8th grade
          S 9: 4th grade
          D 7: 1st/2nd grade
          D 5: 1st grade

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            #6
            Re: Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

            Originally posted by AJM View Post
            I'm still wondering about prerequisites for CC (Fable and Narrative Accelerated)? What are the bare minimums?

            Does anyone have experience with the Foundations class? How about Foundations compared to High School Composition I?

            Angela
            This is from the MP Online Academy Class Description for CC Fable:

            Grade Level: 4-6

            Prerequisites: Students should possess a very basic knowledge of English grammar (e.g. subject, verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, direct object, indirect object, etc.) and be able to type basic, grammatically complete sentences. They should also be able to type a basic paragraph and edit it with help from a parent.

            Blessings,
            Jude

            DD 20, DS 17, DS 14, DS 12, DD 10, DS 7, DD 5

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              #7
              Re: Just starting out in Classical Composition and high school progression

              Originally posted by AJM View Post
              I'm still wondering about prerequisites for CC (Fable and Narrative Accelerated)? What are the bare minimums?

              Does anyone have experience with the Foundations class? How about Foundations compared to High School Composition I?

              Angela
              Fable is where one starts, so there are no prerequisites for it! (If you are interested in the MPOA class, their recommended, not required, prerequisites are listed here.)

              I'll let other parents tell you about their children's experience with the Foundations class. I can tell you that for a student beginning in 9th grade, the Director of MPOA recommends taking both Foundations and HS Comp I in that order. Foundations is designed to complement Classical Composition.
              Michael
              Memoria Press

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