Rhetoric II

Course Description


Full-year course. The second year of a 3-year high school sequence. Based on Thomas Kane’s New Oxford Guide to Writing and incorporating other rhetoric resources, this course follows our Rhetoric I class. Continued attention to the development of sophisticated sentences and paragraphs; development of different forms of the persuasive essay; use of classical rhetoric techniques to support topics; finding subjects and constructing theses; close examination of how to make use of sources in support of arguments; research techniques. Click here for an explanation of our writing and grammar curriculum, and sample course sequences.

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

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts:

  • Kane, Thomas. The New Oxford Guide to Writing. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. ISBN 9780195090598
  • Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 4th Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, forthcoming June 2018. ISBN 9780393631685

Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: average 12 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

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

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