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Writing and Rhetoric 6

Building on their foundations of persuasive essay writing and recitation from earlier levels of Writing and Rhetoric, students in Writing and Rhetoric 6 will “advance those skills by creating dynamic and powerful speeches.” Students will research, write and deliver speeches within the three traditional branches of rhetoric: judicial, ceremonial and political. In preparation, the class will read, analyze, discuss speeches of people such as Cicero, Thurgood Marshall, John F. Kennedy and Malala Yousafzai, and many more. Additionally, students will use the 5 Canons of Rhetoric: Invention, Arrangement and Style, Memory and Delivery to craft and share their speeches. Due to the content of readings and discussions, virtue development will be naturally integrated throughout the course.

Some anticipated outcomes for students taking Writing and Rhetoric, level 6 are listed below.
Students will grow as readers by:

  • critically evaluating well-written texts through discussions and exercises.
  • annotating examples of judicial, ceremonial and political rhetoric. 

Students will grow as writers by:

  • summarizing and synthesizing multiple texts on a topic.
  • inventing topics to write about by considering definitions, comparison and other common topics.
  • continuing to develop audience awareness as well as stylistic correctness, clarity and style.
  • continuing to plan, proofread, critique and revise their own written work and provide feedback on the work of classmates. 

Students will grow as orators by:

  • examining the relationship between writing and speaking.
  • using oration as an aid to the process of revision.
  • working on delivery– volume, pacing, gestures and inflection.
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Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

Amy Morgan, Scholé Academy’s Writing & Rhetoric Department chair, earned her BA in liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and continued her education with an MA in TESOL/applied linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington. For over 18 years, Amy has taught English to speakers of other languages in the university, community, and private tutoring contexts. Additionally, Amy educated her own two children at home in grades PreK–8. When Amy’s not teaching, you might find her serving families who care for children in vulnerable circumstances, hosting international guests, reading aloud with her family or smiling at the antics of her backyard chickens.

Charlotte Odum received a classical education at St. John’s College, earning a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. She then pursued graduate studies in classical political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Wanting to share the benefits of classical education, she taught writing, rhetoric, and grammar at a classical public charter school for fourteen years, as well as a broad spectrum of English and social science courses for three years at a technical and career college. Between high school and college, she worked in a pediatric facility, where she developed a deep love and appreciation for children with challenges and disabilities. Although initially inclined towards a career in health care, her passion for classical learning redirected her path towards teaching and study. She takes pleasure in the natural beauty of her adopted state of North Carolina and enjoys cooking, drawing badly, and connecting with family and friends.

Quarter 1

Writing & Rhetoric Book 11: Thesis Part 2

  1. Lessons 1-4: Introducing, observing and practicing 5 Canons of Rhetoric 

Quarter 2

Writing & Rhetoric Book 11: Thesis Part 2

  1. Lessons 5 & 6: Judicial Speech

Quarter 3

Writing & Rhetoric Book 11: Thesis Part 2

  1. Lessons 7 & 8: Ceremonial Speech

Quarter 4

Writing & Rhetoric Book 11: Thesis Part 2

  1. Lessons 9 & 10: Political Speech

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

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  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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