Rhetoric III

Course Description


Full-year course. The third year of the Academy’s 3-year high school sequence. This course follows our Rhetoric II class. The focus is on advanced techniques in classical rhetoric; sophisticated, deliberate sentence and paragraph structure; analysis and understanding of both classical and modern essays in order to sharpen understanding; and the practice of scholarly forms in preparation for college writing. Click here for an explanation of our writing and grammar curriculum, and sample course sequences.

Prerequisite: Rhetoric II. For help in placement, see our writing assessment, which will be evaluated by Academy writing instructors.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Course texts:

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  • Rhetoric in the Classical Tradition, Winifred Bryan Horner
  • Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects (7th edition), Martha Kolln and Loretta Gray
  • On Copia of Words and Ideas, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: average 12 students.

Designed for grades 11-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.