Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable: A Creative Approach to the Classical Progymnasmata: Teacher's Edition
. Classical Academic Press . Camp Hill, PA
Aesop and others
LB1576.K677 2013 bk. 1 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop and others
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This book amounts to a happy revelation for me. The happy revelation is twofold. First, someone else finds fable a wonderful way to get into reading and writing! In this case, this teacher's handbook is meant for teachers of the third and fourth grades. It is the first of twelve such handbooks that take teachers and pupils through six years of training in rhetoric and writing. The second revelation is that the classical tradition of rhetorical progymnasmata continues. That tradition has to do with enjoying models and learning from them; it also has to do with creating on one's own after enjoying the great work of others. In this handbook, I find fourteen lessons. I take it that a lesson covers about a week of learning. Two important exercises in each week are "Tell it back" and "Talk about it." Each of the fourteen weeks involves a particular fable. Two of the weeks are concerned with fables that the pupils themselves create. The other weeks use well-known fables, starting with LM in the first week. Each lesson has its proper visual imagery, which is used through the lesson. I probably hoped for helpful images in this book. I received rather the valuable lesson to use sustained iconography in dealing with a particular fable. Indeed, the best image in the book may be FG on the cover! I would love to try teaching this book to children sometime! And I would love to hear or learn in particular how the experiment works of asking pupils to create fables of their own.