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Classical Composition Camp 2019

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Classical Composition Camp

Mollie Shaw, M.Ed., PCET

Dates:  July 15 - 19, 2019

Hours:  9:00 -1:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Cost:  $50 due upon registration to hold your spot.  $397 registration  

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Location:  Christian Life Preparatory School, 5253 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76123

Limit:  15 students  (min of 4 students required)

Grades:  Best for 7th-10th grades, but not limited.  

Deadline for enrollment:  June 25, 2019.

Adult auditors are free and welcome!  

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Each day the instructor will introduce one invention skill, one organization skill, and one stylistic skill.  During the final hour of each day, students will write an essay implementing their new skills. The instructor will provide feedback daily.  Each evening for homework, students will write another essay for the next day of class.

Tentative Schedule


Invention: Definition

Organization:  Basic Paragraph structure

Style:  audience determines diction


Invention: Relationships: Comparison

Organization: Hinrich’s paragraph structure

Style:  Strong Subjects:  Eliminating deadwood


Invention:  Relationships: Cause and Effect

Organization: Thesis statements and Five Claims

Style: Brush Strokes (Killgallon) using multiple phrases and clauses in one sentence.


Invention: Testimony (quotes, case studies, etc.)

Organization:  Six-part classical argument structure

Style:   Direct Quotations


Revision Strategies

Editing Strategies

Presentation Strategies

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