A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Contemporary America
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Although there have been many studies of individual periods or specific educators, this volume provides the first systematic coverage of teaching writing over the 25 centuries from the ancient Sophists to today. It is hoped that the modern reader will find useful ideas in this account of the ebb and flow of teaching methods and philosophies over the years. The Teaching of Writing in Medieval Europe. Rhetoric and Writing in Renaissance Europe.
A Short history of writing instruction from ancient Greece to twentieth Roman Writing Instruction as Described by. Nevertheless, it would be unfair to characterize the traditional exercises as inhibiting all criticism of traditional values.
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Indeed, a major feature of the exercises was stress on learning refutation or rebuttal: how to take a traditional tale, narrative, or thesis and argue against it. If anything, the exercises may have tended to encourage the idea that there was an equal amount to be said on two sides of any issue, a skill practiced at a later stage of education in dialectical debate. Brill, Sequenced Exercises "The progymnasmata remained popular for so long because they are carefully sequenced: they begin with simple paraphrases.
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Each successive exercise uses a skill practiced in the preceding one, but each adds some new and more difficult composing task. Ancient teachers were fond of comparing the graded difficulty of the progymnasmata to the exercise used by Milo of Croton to gradually increase his strength: Milo lifted a calf each day. Each day the calf grew heavier, and each day his strength grew.
He continued to lift the calf until it became a bull. Crowley and D.
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Hawhee, Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. Pearson, The Progymnasmata and the Rhetorical Situation "The progymnasmata progresses from concrete, narrative tasks to abstract, persuasive ones; from addressing the class and teacher to addressing a public audience such as the law court; from developing a single prescribed point of view to examining several and arguing for a self-determined thesis.
The elements of a rhetorical situation --audience, speaker, and appropriate language--are included and vary from one exercise to another. Within exercises subordinate topics or topoi are called for, such as exemplification, definition, and comparison. Yet students have freedom to select their subjects, expand them, and assume a role or persona as they see fit.
Method and Content "The progymnasmata. At the same time he absorbs ideas of morality and virtuous public service from the subjects discussed, and from their recommended amplifications on themes of justice, expediency, and the like.