Why Take This Course?
Writing & Rhetoric B builds on the previous course, exploring rhetorical analysis from a literary perspective and applying elements of rhetoric to their own communication. Students will examine tall tales, fables, short stories, and novels to answer questions like, What are the elements of Literature? and How can I communicate persuasively? 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|
|Why do we need story?||What are the elements of story?||The Strange Case of Dr. Jekylll and Mr. Hyde||Debate|
|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 can I learn from participating in debates?|
|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 PurchaseFind required versions and ISBNs on the High School Booklist
|Robert Louis Stevenson||The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde|
- Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)
- Prerequisites: Writing & Rhetoric A
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 4 Hours / Honors: 6 Hours
- Format: Live
- Credits: 0.5