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Classical Conversations – Week 1 – Lesson Plan

  • September 13, 2018
  • By MJ
Classical Conversations – Week 1 – Lesson Plan

Week 1

Structure: Overview

Purpose: Overview

Pattern: Overview

Part of Speech: Subject, Predicate

Charts: A,B

EEL Task(s): None


Subject: The subject is the part of a sentence about which something is being said.

Predicate: The predicate is that part of a sentence that says something about the subject.


Get out Chart A


Who is the subject?

Subject= Jesus

What is the predicate?

Predicate= rest of the sentence


Quick Tips for chart work!!

  • 1stmemorize main ideas = gray box
  • Master those first
  • 2ndmemorize info in regular or bold type
  • 3rdmemorize material in italics


Chart A – Road map of next 24 weeks

  • Start memorizing gray boxes (correlate Chart A to foundations cycles as you walk through the chart)
  • You’ve already memorized most of Chart A


Get out Chart B– Examples of all the 4 sentence purposes

  • Declarative
  • Exclamatory
  • Interrogative
  • Imperative


What this first couple weeks looks like!!  DON’T GET OVERWHELMED

Week 1-2 = Review of what this year will cover

Week 3 = practice sentences and the analytical task sheet (ATS)




Day 1 (class day) = most intense day of the week (2hours)

Day 2-5 = 20-30 min each day of EEL

  • Lots of repetition = the classical way (drill/repetition)
  • NOT a check list approach to learning
  • Let your student be your guide and SCALE

Parents: Day 2 (read your EEL guide Weekly Lesson)

  • Have your student memorize their chart work while you read the lesson (chart work can be found at the top of each lesson)
  • Do the “at home” section of the weekly lesson


Student Chart Work

  • 1styears 15-20min
  • 2-3rdyears 5-10min
  • Copy once daily working towards recreating on blank sheet of paper.
  • Orally reciting chart work is just as effective
  • SCALE!! SCALE!! SCALE!! (see page 24 & 25 of the EEL Guide)


Week 3–  add in practice sentences (1-2/day)

  • 1styear = Tasks 1-2 (build up to 3&4)
  • 2-3rdyears = Tasks 1-4 (build up to 5&6)
  • Keep it fun, fast!


Day 4 & 5 – make sure to review old charts


Editing – up to you (optional)

  • 1styears – keep it simple – where does sentence start and end?

Spelling (optional)


IEW – Day 2-6 (30-60min/day)

Explore -ly adverbs with students.

How would you add an -ly adverb to the sentence…

Sam ran.

Let students pick -ly adverbs —  everyone’s choices are so different depending on their personality.

Sam quickly ran.

Sam furiously ran.

Sam affectionately ran.

Sam shamefully ran.


Day 2– parent/student read lesson

  • I can’t always cover everything in class
  • Review what we covered in class, finish outline
  • Explore ‘brainstorming’ activities

Day 3 – write rough draft (scale)

  • Finish brainstorming activities

Day 4– finish rough draft

  • Add stylistic techniques (checklist)
  • Review vocab

Day 5– Final Draft


By MJ, September 13, 2018
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