Preparation for Rhetoric Writing

Full-year course. One-year “crash course” preparation for high school rhetoric. Designed for high school students who have missed the prerequisites (at the suggested middle school grades) and need additional training before beginning a formal rhetoric course. Prepares students for entering Rhetoric I. Click here for an explanation of our writing and grammar curriculum, and sample course sequences.

For additional help in placement, see our writing assessment, which will be evaluated by Academy writing instructors. 

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  • Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)
  • Course text:
    • Excerpts from Writing With Skill, Levels 1-3
      • PDF access provided by the instructor.
  • Class meets three times per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: average 12 students.
  • Designed for grades 9-11.
  • Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course. Course may be listed as "Expository Writing" on the transcript.