Why Take This Course?
Everyone can learn the art of communication. In the digital age it is more important than ever to have confidence in one’s ability to effectively use language. Writing & Rhetoric A asks students to study writing guided by questions like What life lessons can I learn from others? and How can words change the world? This course will help you acquire foundational writing skills in a live course supported by engaging, applicable assignments such as essays, creative writing, and/or 21st century genres. In each unit students use critical thinking while learning essential “how-to” communication skills. Students will be held to a high standard and will practice skills through multiple iterations until they are mastered.
In this course, students read famous speeches, biographies, and memoirs to study the art of rhetoric. They will write their own personal essays and perform engaging speeches. Students will master fundamental grammar, punctuation, and style techniques to ensure their success. In addition, the course will focus on rules of writing etiquette in a digital age, such as texting, emailing, blogging, and determining the reliability of sources found online. When you master these skills, you will be equipped to write engagingly and effectively throughout high school, college, and life.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|What are Life Lessons? What is an effective paragraph? What is an effective presentation?||What life lessons have I learned? What is an effective reflection essay?||What life lessons can I learn from others? What is an effective informative essay?||How can words change the world? What is effective persuasion/rhetoric?|
|What is effective writing?||What is effective writing?||What is effective writing?||What are the tools I need for communicating effectively orally?|
|What are the 6 traits of writing and how can they help me evaluate my writing?||How do I write an essay incorporating both a text and my personal reflections?||What are the most important grammar and usage skills and how can I master them?||What are some of the greatest speeches ever given? What makes them great?|
|What is Oracy and how can I use oracy skills to improve how I listen and speak?||How do I find and practice my individual voice and writing style?||How do I do effective research?||What is rhetoric? What are rhetorical devices?|
|What are the most important grammar and usage skills and how can I master them?||What are the most important grammar and usage skills and how can I master them?||What are reliable sources?||How can using rhetorical skills make me a more effective communicator?|
|What is a one-paragraph essay? How do I craft one?||How do I write a thesis statement? How do I construct support for my thesis in the body of my essay?||What is a five-paragraph essay? When will I need to craft five-paragraph essays in high school and college?||How do I effectively implement reliable research in my presentation?|
|Why is it critical that I receive and incorporate feedback on my writing? How do I do so?||How do I write a strong introduction and conclusion paragraph?||How do I effectively implement reliable research in my communication?||How can oracy skills make me a more effective communicator?|
|What are lessons I have learned in my life? How can I effectively convey my personal experiences in a way that is meaningful?||How do I respond to an essay prompt related to a reading? How can I respond to an essay prompt effectively?||How can I use an an outline to guide the development of body paragraphs that support my thesis?||What rhetorical devices can I use in my presentation to create a desired effect on my audience?|
|How do I make connections to a text? (Text to text, text to self, text to world)?||How do I document my sources using correct MLA format? How do I use parenthetical citation in my essay?||How can I implement techniques from great speeches into my own communication?|
|How do I use parenthetical citation correctly in my writing?||How do I use evidence and analysis in supporting my thesis?||How do I select a topic for my presentation that is neither too broad nor too narrow in scope?|
|How does making connections help enhance my reading experience?|
Texts and Materials Students Must PurchaseFind required versions and ISBNs on the High School Booklist
|Mitch Albom||Tuesdays with Morie|
|James C Hume||Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln - Optional|
- Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)
- Prerequisites: None - **
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 4 Hours / Honors: 6 Hours
- Format: Live
- Credits: 0.5