Writing Projects 1 (Practical lessons based on classical methods)

Brian Moon

Writing Projects offers a radical approach to writing instruction. Drawing on the techniques of classical literary training, the series teaches writing through a collection of detailed and practical projects. The core curriculum genres of description, story writing, review, essay, and formal speech are taught using models, demonstrations, guided writing activities and skill-building exercises.

Volume One teaches the basics of stylish writing. It introduces sentences and diction; elements of narrative and theme; and critical uses of assertion, proof and argument. These important skills are taught through projects on epigram, fable, short story and review writing. Writing Projects offers comprehensive, step-by-step instructions for a complete writing task. Specialised strategies, including dictation, imitations, extensions, and practice exercises, lead students from reading and analysis to original composition. Contents include:

  • models of effective writing by established authors
  • discussions of use and purpose that put the writing in context
  • practice exercises to teach skills of diction, sentencing and figurative style
  • marking guides to assist assessment and self-assessment
  • quizzes and tests to build knowledge about writers, terms and styles

Whether used as pre-planned lessons for the classroom or as independent study packages, the activities in Writing Projects offer a new and comprehensive treatment of form and style in writing.

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