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    Hello, I have a question regarding Classical Composition. We are an MP family but we have younger kids with our oldest in Kindergarten now. I would like to prepare myself better for when the time comes as I have limited understanding and have had limited exposure to Classical Composition. Some articles that have been of immense help to me so far include the following:

    https://www.memoriapress.com/article...ore-exercises/

    Introduction to Progymnasmata by James Selby (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...U6rPvQ9DdTjQz1)

    Are there other articles or resources that would be of benefit to me in preparation for the Classical Composition years?
    2019/2020 - 2nd MP Year
    S - 6, K @ home and HLN
    D - 4, rising through minor leagues quickly
    S - 2, the master of disasters

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    Good Morning!
    That is a great question! It sounds like you are thinking ahead, which is also wonderful. I'm glad you found some resources that were helpful, including The Before Exercises." :-) The best two things to do to prepare for Classical Composition are to be mechanically prepared in English writing and read lots of stories! Because CC is mostly about the skills of narrative, not the writing mechanics, it's best to be sure your student is already well-versed in the basics of sentence construction before being required to used them in addition to adding the narrative skills of CC. The correct spelling of common words, the ability to self-check grammar and punctuation, and simple writing of a paragraph (like, describe what you did today) in reasonable time without being too taxed are excellent markers that your child is ready for CC.
    That being said however, I have also discussed with parents the concept of taking the fable stage and using the narrative skills in it orally with non-writers, which is a fascinating idea that I would love to hear feedback about from anyone who as tried it. As I said, the narrative concepts are the heart of Fable Stage, and it would be easy to incorporate those into reading time, or to include a non-writer into the story discussion with the older writing student.

    As far as further preparatory resources go, I would suggest attending a training for Fable at the annual conference and watching the Classical Composition short explanations posted at the bottom of the catalog page. For the video on Fable click here. Finally, if you are ambitious, you can read Quintilian! Much of our context for the skills of the progymnasmata comes from his Institutio Oratoria.

    Blessings!
    Abigail Johnson
    MPOA Composition and Literature

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      #3
      Thank you very much for the reply and helpful suggestions, Abigail Johnson. I very much appreciate it. And thank you also for "The Before Exercises" article, that was very helpful to me.
      Last edited by Beorn; 03-25-2020, 11:16 AM.
      2019/2020 - 2nd MP Year
      S - 6, K @ home and HLN
      D - 4, rising through minor leagues quickly
      S - 2, the master of disasters

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