“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne
Leading students toward Truth, Goodness and Beauty…
Join me in this 10th/11th grade college-prep course, designed as the next step after a grounding in a program like Lost Tools of Writing 1 or a Claim/Evidence/Warrant based program. Using Lost Tools of Writing 2, students will build on and reinforce the material learned in LTW 1 and learn new rhetorical strategies and principles of style. In reading a selection of Great Books and short stories, the student will analyze the central idea of each piece, examine the structure and stylistic techniques of each work, participate in Socratic discussions and develop essays/presentations defending their opinion of the work as a whole.
It is the aim of this course to introduce students to the philosophical and ideological influences of each author in order to weigh each work against the truth of Scripture. Students will develop a Biblical worldview that seeks a better understanding of God as Creator, Jesus as Redeemer, the Holy Spirit as Helper, and of themselves in relation to God and the world in which they live. Using this Biblical worldview as the anchor of literary studies, students will examine ideologies found in literary works and test them against the truths of Scripture with the intention of training students to distinguish truth from untruth. In addition, students will be challenged to think and to construct logical arguments in defense of their theses and to use and recognize vocabulary words appropriate for a college-bound student.
Assessments will include essays, quizzes, exams, peer interaction and presentations.
This is a year-long high school level English course, designed for 10th/11th grade but may also be appropriate for 9th grade (based on reading and writing ability). Please reach out to me through the “Question” tab for assessment of your student.
A minimum of 1 hour per day will be required to complete assignments for this course.
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