Writing & Rhetoric Year 1
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: Grades 4–5; 3rd graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 45–60 min.
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: M/W/F 2:15 p.m. ET with Kara Lobley
Section 2: M/T/Th 3:30 p.m. ET with Kara Lobley
Section 3: M/W/F 3:30 p.m. ET with Emily Brigham
Section 4: M/W/F 11:45 a.m. ET with Kara Lobley
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.
This course is designed to help 4th–5th graders discover delight in writing and begin to develop effective tools and methods for writing well. The course uses the imitation and practice method utilized by the award-winning Writing & Rhetoric series to impart to students essential tools for writing. The first semester follows Book 1: Fable, which uses fables to teach students the practice of close reading and comprehension, summary (both aloud and in writing), and amplification. In the second semester, the course follows Book 2: Narrative I, which uses a variety of longer stories that expand the skill set learned in the first semester. This semester also includes more—and longer—writing assignments. This course works to develop in each student a love and hunger for story and writing and does so through engaging class sessions, creative assignments, and personal feedback. For a closer look at the texts used in this course, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: Book 1: Fable and Book 2: Narrative I.
Schedule: This course is designed with young learners’ brains in mind! The course meets three times per week for 45–60 minutes, affording adequate instructional time while keeping on-screen sessions to a healthy duration for our youngest learners.
Spelling and Grammar Integration: While the parts of speech and other elements of grammar are referenced and integrated throughout this course, the primary focus is on writing and rhetoric—as the name implies. It is expected that students are receiving spelling and grammar instruction (whether online or at home) in conjunction with this course. If you are looking for an excellent grammar program that will nicely complement Writing & Rhetoric, we recommend the Well-Ordered Language program (live, online course available here).
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This course is designed as an introductory writing course; no prior writing instruction is required. Students should be comfortable reading fluently and independently writing out/copying (not necessarily composing) short paragraphs legibly by hand.
- The course is geared toward rising 4th–5th graders. Rising 3rd graders are welcome, though in most cases 3rd-grade students require additional supervision and support from a parent in conjunction with the course. When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please keep in mind that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in a 4th- to 5th-grade corporate learning environment as well as the online classroom dynamic.
- If your student is outside the 3rd-5th grade range, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.
For further information on the Writing & Rhetoric series, please see the Classical Academic Press FAQ page.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
- With Parent Support
- Be able to manage Schoology assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Schoology notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Spelling at grade-level
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to read to learn not merely learn to read.
- Follow along with teacher-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Be prepared to answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer comments, answers and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable (Student Edition)
- Writing & Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative I (Student Edition)
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
These audio files allow students to engage their sense of hearing and their listening intelligence as Dr. Christopher Perrin, along with the Writing & Rhetoric series editor, Christine Perrin, deliver the fables, parables, and myths aloud in a thoughtful manner.
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.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Scanner: 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.
Kara Lobley a homeschool alumna, began her journey into classical education as a freshman attending and eventually earning a history BA from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Although initially uncertain as to the usefulness of discovering “the good, the true, and the beau-tiful” in everything, she finally realized that classical education’s emphasis on weeding truth out of lies is imperative in living a Christlike life in a fallen world. Kara began her journey working with children as a high schooler working at children’s theater camps and at her church’s Vacation Bible schools, and later continued it by spending five years tutoring high schoolers in writing and a year in being a teaching assistant for preschoolers. She is excited to teach with Scholé Academy this year and looks forward to helping students discover “the good, the true, and the beautiful” in language and writing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Brigham holds a BA in Primary Education from the University of North Florida. She was homeschooled through high school in the classical tradition, and previously taught the elementary grades in a Waldorf-inspired public charter school. Her classical upbringing instilled in her what Plato called an “affinity for the good” in academics, art, and virtue, while her Waldorf training inspired an appreciation of the unique nature of the child. She now seeks to cultivate those whole-child pedagogical approaches in the classical, liturgical tradition, to awaken in her own students that “affinity for the good.”
Emily lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Her avocations include bringing classical, sacred, and old-time music to churches, front porches, and street corners, and coaxing as many flowers as possible into her garden. These, and a trip to the mountains, are where she loves to find the glimpses of God’s goodness in these sacred ordinary days. email@example.com
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