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)

Required texts:

  • Horner, Winifred Bryan. Rhetoric in the Classical Tradition. New York: St. Martin’s Press/Palgrave Macmillan, 1988. ISBN 9780312002527
  • Kolln, Martha, and Loretta Gray. Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects. 7th edition. New York: Pearson, 2012. ISBN 9780321846723
  • Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. On Copia of Words and Ideas, trans. Donald B. King and H. David Rix. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780874622126

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.

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