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English 4/5/6 Advanced Comp - Classical Style and Rhetoric (Honors)

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Subject Categories:
English Language Arts, Honors, Writing and Composition

“If you want your students to learn how to write, don’t bother with other options — just send them to TPS.” (TPS Parent, 2017) Since 1997, TPS has been the “go to” program for writing excellence in the online homeschool community. Our flagship course to refine upper high school writing with rhetoric and style has always been “Advanced Composition”, a course without equal in helping students become confident polished writers. In 2019, we “modernized” the course to better address contemporary issues. However, feedback from loyal families who have taken the course with multiple siblings over many years has encouraged us to return this flagship writing excellence course to its traditional roots. Starting 2024-25, this course is discarding the modern textbook and focusing on teaching writing from traditional classical works that are comfortable and engaging for our students to discuss, analyze, explain, and argue in essays they originate, develop, refine, and polish to hone their writing skills to a college and career level. The writings which will be used in this course to develop excellence in rhetoric and style will be drawn primarily from traditional classical texts and authors that have defined great writing. By studying the written analysis and rhetoric of great writers, students will develop their own voice in effectively expressing analysis and argument. Students will not only hone academic essay writing skills, but also work in related genres such as writing reviews, proposals, and persuasive narratives. In this engaging rhetoric and style course, students will learn to write confidently, clearly, concisely, and convincingly with passion and politesse.

Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (85% or higher) of TPS English 3 Lit and Comp (Honors)
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (85% or higher) of TPS American History, Lit and Comp
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (80% or higher) of TPS English 3 Lit and Comp (Honors)
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (80% or higher) of any TPS English 4 (or higher) course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

TPS College Comp vs. TPS Advanced Comp: TPS College Composition is ideal for students seeking to complete their “freshman comp” college requirement in high school and probably not planning to take AP English courses. TPS Advanced Comp – Classical Style and Rhetoric is ideal for students seeking to advance their writing to a college level in preparation for upper high school literature, social studies, AP English, and college dual credit courses taught from a biblical worldview, or for standardized college prep writing tests (SAT, ACT, CLT).

Course Sequence: Students typically take two or more English 4/5/6 courses. They may generally be taken in any order, though some sequences may be better for some purposes (e.g., preparation for a particular AP course). On a transcript, the courses will be listed to differentiate them in the best interest of the student while meeting guidelines of the applicable accrediting and certifying organization(s). Please consult TPS Support with questions about course sequence or transcripts.

“This course has made my writing much more efficient and less daunting, and has trained me to embrace the specific details that make writing enjoyable. The teacher constantly raised the bar for our writing while still encouraging us every step of the way.”

Elise K

“My writing skills following this course has tremendously improved. I’ve exposed myself to new concepts of writing and challenged myself to improve my vocabulary. If you struggle to create concise arguments or simply want to improve or refine your skills, Advance Composition will equip you do so.”

Graham B

“Out of all the English/Writing courses I have ever done, this one, by far, exceeds all. The course forces students to step out of their comfort zones and challenges them to find their voices as writers. For those looking for the best class to strengthen their writing abilities, look no further!”

Ethan B

“Advanced Composition takes a writer and gives him experience and ability. It first focuses on improving the basic writing skills necessary, then moves on to the fun part of growing him as a writer. I disliked writing before I took this course; now I love it.”

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