This course is the equivalent of the rhetoric course students would be expected to take as college freshmen. The goal is to help them become "citizen scholars" who are able to understand and analyze an argument as well as formulate and support arguments of their own. The course is rigorous and challenging, and is designed for the serious student who loves reading, who has an inquisitive mind and who is willing to do the work. At the end of the year, students will take the AP exam. If they qualify, they can place out of the first semester of college English. Further information on the AP program and the college board can be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/Controller.jpf.
Most of the material we will read in class will be essays with a clear point of view. We will learn how to analyze an author's argument, the rhetorical strategies used to formulate that argument, and to recognize flaws. We will also learn how to prepare and support our own arguments.
This course requires a researched argument term paper. Students will choose a controversial topic and research arguments pro and con. They will take a position and defend that position using information gathered during their research.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a required summer reading assignment that must be completed prior to the beginning of the school year. This assignment was made available at the end of the 2016-17 school year and on my website. Students may still enroll in the course if they have not read the book, but they must have it read by the end of the first weekend following the start of school.If you have any questions, you may email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.