In the 6th-8th grades at our school, the students work through a composition class called Chreia/Maxim. This class requires the students to take a saying and expand upon it. An example of this would be to take the saying “Good trees bear good fruit” and to use five paragraphs to connect it to other ideas. These could include the students’ experiences, information outside the immediate context of the saying itself, – such as how Scripture interprets Scripture – and the ways in which seemingly unrelated disciplines come to bear upon the concept: e.g. how even a cursory study of botany informs the understanding of the above saying.
For His glory and our joy, the following is a piece that was written, critiqued, rewritten, and presented as a collective effort by three of our current Chreia/Maxim students. It was also presented by those students at our Christmas Recitation, and the reason that we share it here is threefold:
First, God is and was magnified by the Biblical exhortation that these students gave, and we pray that it would be an encouragement to you as well.
Second, we want to share an example of the standard of excellence into which the students at PCA are growing.
- Finally, we want to publicly congratulate these students on their diligent and exceptional work.