A perfect bridge from middle-school writing, this honors class offers high-school students a chance to flex those writing muscles. Beginning with lively class discussion about the literature we read together, students will then use The Lost Tools of Writing to apply the art of rhetoric: beautiful persuasive writing. Clear writing begins with clear thinking, and we will learn how to master the first part of any writing assignment, that of invention or discovery. Next comes the task of arrangement, or how to organize one’s thoughts effectively. Finally, the art of elocution insures that those thoughts are expressed beautifully. Although the persuasive essay forms the core unit of our writing, our lessons will cover a spectrum that includes narrative writing, logic/argument/refutation, poetic techniques, and basic editing. This class not only prepares your student for the challenge of upper level high school and college writing, it prepares him for life!
At the same time we’ll learn how to dig in and analyze some of the most wonderful literature in our American and British traditions. Expect weekly quizzes as well as unit finals over the work as a whole. After applying the skills of careful reading, students will be challenged to participate in class discussions.
We will first learn elements of literary analysis and fiction by studying a selection of short stories and poems. Further works read and studied include To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson), Red Badge of Courage (Crane), and Out of the Silent Planet (Lewis). In addition, we begin each class period with poetry. This gives us the opportunity to discuss new authors, interpret and understand themes to accompany our novels, and even build our vocabulary!
My approach is encouraging but my standards are high. All high-schoolers are welcome; please contact me if you have any questions.
Completion of this course, grade 75% or higher, is equivalent to 1 High School Honors English credit.
Withdrawal fee after 10/1/17 – two months’ tuition