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 presentation?||What life lessons have I learned? How can I craft an effective response essay?||How can I craft a meaningful Multi-Genre Research Paper?||How can words change the world? What is effective persuasion/rhetoric?|
|What is Oracy and how can I use oracy skills to improve how I listen and speak?||What are the 6 traits of writing and how can they help me evaluate my writing?||What is a Multi-Genre Research Project?||What are the tools I need for communicating effectively orally?|
|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 write an essay incorporating both a text and my personal reflections?||How do I select a topic that is meaningful and that I care about?||What are some of the greatest speeches ever given? What makes them great?|
|How do I find and practice my individual voice and style in a public speech?||How do I find and practice my individual voice and writing style?||What is research? How do I do research for this project?|
Why does doing research help me create a successful project?
|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 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?|
|How do I write a thesis statement? How do I construct support for my thesis in the body of my essay?||What is an informative essay and how will it anchor my Multi-Genre Research Project?||How do I effectively implement reliable research in my presentation?|
|How do I write a strong introduction and conclusion paragraph?||What kind of sources are reliable? How do I keep track of my research?||How can oracy skills make me a more effective communicator?|
|How do I respond to an essay prompt related to a reading? How can I respond to an essay prompt effectively?||What are various genres that will fit or best represent my selected topic?||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?||What is voice? How do I write with an authentic voice?||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?||What is ethos, logos, and pathos and how do I use each effectively?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Mitch Albom||Tuesdays with Morie|
|Various - Provided by mentor||Essays and Short Stories|
- Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)
- Prerequisites: None - **
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 4 Hours / Honors: 6 Hours
- Format: Live
- Credits: 0.5