Grades 10th – 12th
During this course, students will explore rhetoric, the art of persuasion, both in great speeches and in great writing. Aristotle’s Rhetoric provides the foundation for the course. We will examine short passages by Aristotle and then see how the tools of rhetoric were used from ancient times, to Shakespeare, and to politicians and speakers today. Students will also have plenty of opportunities to practice developing their own rhetorical skill through weekly workshops, imitation assignments, and oratory presentations.
Rhetoric Alive published by Classical Academic Press offers an in-depth look at the curriculum. Feel free to search their website to look more closely at the materials we will use in class. This class is worth 1 credit.