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Monday, April 23, 2012

Advanced High School Writing; Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, Essays, and Papers

Foundational for All High School Students and Essential for College-Bound Students!
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NOTE: Class size is limited. If the course fills, a waiting list will be made available.
Class dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 5 to Nov. 7, 2012
Total classes: 10
Starting time: 2:00 pm Eastern (1:00 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Simplified Writing for High School Students, Elements of Writing: Essential Punctuation and Grammar for High School Students, or permission (
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th
Fee: $200 if you register on or before Aug. 1, 2012. $225 after Aug. 1 for all 10 classes.
Instructor: E. B. Conroy, MA
Course description: This course content is known as a prerequisite for many colleges for college-bound students. Designed to give the teen skills that make writing strong and clear. Your student will learn methods of rhetoric and how to use the skills in all of the main conventions of writing used in college—including in-depth use of nine basic forms of rhetoric (rhetorical modes); be able to identify and use major rhetorical strategies and figures of speech; and pre-write, draft, and edit a comparison and contrast paper, including use of the hook, thesis, introduction construction, conclusions, and rewriting with specific, individual feedback from the instructor. Vocabulary related to upper-level writing will be introduced and integrated into the learning. Specific class time will be used to show how to edit and revise upper-level work.
Course outline:
Class 1: The academic paper; advanced academic writing with strong thesis construction, hooks, and introductions
Class 2: Rhetorical Mode 1: Narration; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (tropes, aposiopesis, apostrophe, chiasmus, epithet)
Class 3: Rhetorical Mode 2: Comparison and Contrast; creating a thesis and hook for your paper
Class 4: Rhetorical Mode 3: Illustration and Exemplification; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (litotes, zeugma, euphemism, idiom)
Class 5: Rhetorical Mode 4: Description; drafting your paper’s outline
Class 6: Rhetorical Mode 5: Process Analysis; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (hyperbole, metonymy, metaphor, mixed metaphor, extended metaphor); prewriting for papers
Class 7: Rhetorical Mode 6: Definition; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (bathos, caricature, deus ex machine, epiphany)
your paper’s rough draft
Class 8: Rhetorical Mode 7: Cause and Effect; advanced methods of draft revision 1
Class 9: Rhetorical Mode 8: Division and Classification; advanced methods of draft revision 2; formatting advanced academic works (brief style guide introduction)
Class 10: Rhetorical Mode 9: Argumentation; integrating rhetorical strategies into upper-level writing
Course materialsWord 2007 or later version. The Essential English Language and Composition Vocabulary Guide (by E. B. Conroy), available online as a download for a discounted price or hard copy on Amazon; all other materials provided FREE by the instructor.
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback from Professor Brown Conroy, with an estimated four to five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback. Students should expect a 2-week turnaround on grading.

Foundational for All High School Students and Essential for College-Bound Students!
(click on course title to register)

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