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Expository Writing I
Full-year course. Building pre-rhetoric skills in organization, sentence structure, and research skills. Covers narrative summaries, chronological narratives, descriptions, biographical sketches, and sequences, plus beginning literary essays about both fiction and poetry; one- and two-level outlining; thesaurus use, note-taking, and documentation.
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.
Full-year course. The first year of a 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. Introduction to the techniques of persuasive writing. Drawing on the extensive written tradition stretching from Plato to Montaigne, this course teaches students how to order their thoughts and words in the great patterns set down over the last few thousand years–patterns which are enriching and powerful.
Full-year course. The third year of the Academy’s 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. This course follows our Rhetoric II class. The focus is on writing mature argumentative essays across a number of topics and in different contexts; advanced skills in research and citation; analysis of modern scholarly essays, advertisements, and other contemporary forms. The materials used in this course are intended for mature high school students.
Foundational Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind
Single-semester course. Basic English grammar crash course: a survey of essential grammar concepts and skills, for students who do not have a solid grasp of basic grammar. Parts of speech and their uses, mechanics, verb tenses, and fundamental skills in diagramming.
Basic Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind
Single-semester course. For students who have a solid understanding of basic grammar concepts. Builds on foundational skills and explores the definitions and functions of all parts of speech, reinforces mechanics, enhances understanding of verb tenses, and practices fundamental skills in diagramming.
Intermediate Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind
Single-semester course. English grammar course for students who have an understanding of parts of speech and their functions but have not studied more advanced sentence structure. We will cover phrases, clauses, complex sentence structure, sentence transformations, and advanced diagramming.
Advanced Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind
Single-semester course. A truly advanced English grammar course for students who have mastered basic and intermediate concepts but have not studied advanced sentence structure and function. We will cover modifiers, advanced verbs, troublesome grammatical elements, and diagramming.
Creative Writing for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course with full-year option. Creative Writing for the Logic Stage is a semester-long elective course that will meet once per week. We will be exploring different aspects and genres of creative writing through analysis of an assortment of readings and completing various writing exercises.
Kinesiology and Nutrition I
Single-semester course (Fall only). Kinesiology and Nutrition I introduces the student to the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to maintain a healthy physical lifestyle, with a particular focus on the intentional development of habits in the areas of movement and nutrition.
Kinesiology and Nutrition II
Single-semester course (Spring only). Kinesiology and Nutrition II challenges the student to grow the knowledge, practice, and skills necessary to live an active lifestyle with healthy nutrition. The goal of the course is the development of valuable health and fitness habits, along with the habit of constant self-evaluation. This course may be taken alone, or as the second in a series of health-related courses. Students who have previously taken Kinesiology and Nutrition I will build upon what was presented in that class, but this course may also be taken as a standalone.
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