Persuasive Writing (Spring)
Term: Spring Semester 2021, January 25–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9–10; 11th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Colleen Coleman
Ongoing Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
In this persuasive writing course, students will study persuasive (logical and rhetorical) writing—a study of “argument building” using elements from logic and the rhetorical “lines of argument” or “common topics.” Using the award-winning text, The Argument Builder, this course takes students through a study of common lines of argument or “topics,” including testimony, comparison, relationship, and circumstance. Students study master orators (from Augustine to Susan B. Anthony to C.S. Lewis) and imitate their use of these topics as students build their own arguments, piece by piece. For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside”: The Argument Builder.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
It is recommended (though not formally required) that students have a working knowledge of the core content from both introductory informal and formal logic courses before taking this course. (See our courses in informal logic and formal logic.) This course assumes an introductory course in informal and formal logic have been completed; students who have taken both logic courses are ideally equipped for this course.
Syllabus: View a sample syllabus from last year here.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of 1/2 high school credit in English, writing, or speech and debate.
At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.
“This has been one of [my daughter’s] favorite courses, and she’s both been challenged and learned a ton.” —Tonya S., Persuasive Writing Parent
“I can see my daughter’s creativity being unlocked. Her confidence in her ability to communicate her thoughts and ideas through the written word is really growing!” —Emily W., Persuasive Writing Parent
- The Argument Builder: Constructing an Argument Piece by Piece
- Additional Resources will be provided digitally by Mrs. Morgan as the course progresses or you will be guided to use online and library resources for research.
Other Materials and Services
- Access to Google Docs
- Some students like to organize their work in a Binder with Sub-divisions like Class Notes, Chapter Notes/Exercises, Essay Writing, Essay Final Drafts, Debate Preparation
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
Colleen Coleman completed her undergraduate studies in English and Latin at Hillsdale College, where she was awarded a fellowship to study the life and writing of Winston Churchill. She has taught middle school and high school students in subjects ranging from Humane Letters and Scripture to Literature and Life Science. She loves creating an atmosphere where her students can experience wonder and pursue the truth together through Socratic dialogue. She has an active interest in permaculture farming and exploring the ways ecosystems work together to enhance communities. When not teaching, she enjoys playing the violin, running, reading, and cooking. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: 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.
High-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.
Headset: 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
Zoom: 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. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- Before the class begins, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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