Writing & Rhetoric B

How can I master the skills necessary to make my writing engaging and effective?

Why Take This Course?

Writing B teaches students how to analyze and write about literature.

Writing B teaches students how to analyze and write about literature.

Writing & Rhetoric B asks students to study communication emphasizing literary connection and analysis, asking and answering the fundamental question, “Why do we need story?” This course will help you acquire foundational communication skills in a live course supported by engaging, applicable assignments such as essays, creative writing, and/or 21st-century genres. In each unit, you’ll 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 fairy tales and folktales from multiple cultures to study the art of storytelling. They will learn about the fundamentals of literature by studying classic short stories and a novella. They will use rhetoric and style to craft a persuasive speech and engage in a live debate. 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.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
Why do we need story?What are the elements of story?The Strange Case of Dr. Jekylll and Mr. HydeDebate
What is a story? What is storytelling?What are characters?Who is Robert Louis Stevenson? How did he write Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?What is the difference between an argument and a debate?
What do the stories a culture tells reveal about that culture?What is setting?What is the message or moral of the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?How do I interpret a resolution?
How are ancient stories similar to stories told today?What are literary devices and how do they work in a story?How do the Victorian Age, Romanticism, and Gothic elements each influence the novel?How do I prepare an opposition case?
Why do people tell stories?What is a theme and how do I find one in a story?What vocabulary skills do I need in order to deepen my comprehension of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?How do I flow and judge a debate?
How do I know if something I read is reliable or not?How do I construct an effective one paragraph literary analysis essay?How do I construct an effective FIve-paragraph Literary Analysis essay?What is a claim, warrant, and impact? How can understanding these rhetorical terms help me succeed in debate?
How can I communicate in a way that is reliable?What are the basic elements of any story?What is a literary analysis essay? What is the purpose of a literary analysis essay?What can I learn from judging debates?
Who am I in relation to the texts I read?Who am I in relation to the texts I read?How do I use an outline to guide the development of body paragraphs that support my literary analysis thesis?
How do the stories I read teach and change me?How do the stories I read teach and change me?How do I write strong body paragraphs for my literary analysis essay?
Why do we need stories?Why do we need stories?How do I write strong Introductory and Conclusion Paragraphs for a literary analysis five-paragraph essay?
How can we establish a common vocabulary so we can talk about stories?How can we establish a common vocabulary so we can talk about stories?Who am I in relation to the texts I read?
How does knowing the elements of story become a tool to help me get at meaning?How does knowing the elements of story become a tool to help me get at meaning?How do the stories I read teach and change me?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase


AuthorTitle
Robert Louis StevensonThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Various - Provided by mentorEssays and Short Stories

Details

  • Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)
  • Prerequisites: Writing & Rhetoric A
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 4 Hours / Honors: 6 Hours
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5
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