Classical Composition: Narrative I (ages 10-12)


Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30AM

Price: $400US


To register, call 215-987-2655.


Course Description

What if your child could have the same training as the greatest writers and speakers of all time? These giants of history learned their art through a system called the progymnasmata, which taught them how to effectively communicate and persuade their audiences – a necessary skill in any time period. These days, being able to clearly articulate the tenets of our Orthodox Faith is more needed than ever. The progymnasmata will teach your children to express themselves clearly through writing and speech, so that they might convincingly convey the Truth to others.
The second progymnasma is the Narrative.

Learning Objectives

In this course, students will

  • learn to identify and use the six narrative components
  • learn to identify and use the twelve classical figures of speech
  • continue to practice word and sentence variation
  • continue to practice outlining
  • continue to practice paraphrasing
  • continue to practice using the eighteen figures of description

Textbooks and Other Resources

Classical Composition: Narrative Student Book, James A. Selby

English Grammar Recitation II Student Book

Instructional Format: Two will be held each week in real-time, using the Zoom web conferencing system. 

Office Hours: In addition to the required weekly meetings, the instructors will hold “office hours” each week. Office hours will be conducted using Zoom and will be by appointment.

Anticipated Assignments and Exercises

In the live class, the instructor and students will read a story together and work through some of the exercises in the student workbook.

For homework, students will practice the word and sentence variation, paraphrasing, grammar, and figures of description learned in class.


The grading in this course will follow a more elementary/middle school model. Since students are completing exercises and participating in classroom activities, they will be graded on how well they have completed their exercises and on their participation in class.

Class participation and attendance – 15%

Homework – 15%

Paraphrases and Quizzes – 40%

Midterm and Final – 30%

Vasilios Asimakos was born the son of Greek immigrants in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he developed a deep love of reading and writing from an early age. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2009 with degrees in English and Theatre. After spending a few years as a professional actor in Boston and Los Angeles, he discovered his true passion was Classical Christian Education. Along with teaching at the Initiative, he teaches 12th Grade Rhetoric and 6th Grade Literature and Composition at a Classical Christian School in Greenville, South Carolina. He, his wife Seraphima, and his daughter Maria attend St. Philaret of New York Orthodox Church in Greenville. 

The Epistles and the Apocalypse 

by Bishop Averky

Adult Discussion Group (ages 18 and up)

Dates: May 11- June 10, 2022 (New Style)

Days: Wednesdays  & Fridays 7:30PM EST.



Price: $90 for a single one-month session, $65/month for a continuing membership in the discussion group.


(The rest of the Epistles and the Apocalypse will be covered in subsequent months.)





To register for a single one-month session, visit


To enroll in the ongoing group, or to ask any questions, please contact the Initiative at 215-987-2655 or  


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See you in class!


In Christ, OEI Staff




For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail or call (215) 987-2655.