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

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

If you take only one writing course in upper high school, make it this one! This rigorous course will challenge you to think analytically and put your ideas into writing with style and rhetoric. Part of what makes this course unique is the use of a wide variety of current texts and topics that affect today’s young adults. Students learn to analyze other writers’ arguments and ideas, then compose concise persuasive responses. Learning and practicing advanced tools of rhetoric and style, 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. Students will learn to write clearly, concisely, and, most importantly, convincingly with passion and politesse. Upon completion of this course the student will be fully ready for TPS AP Language and Composition or any TPS English 4/5/6 or college dual credit course. This is also a great course to add to a literature or “great books” discussion program to strengthen your writing and rhetoric.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

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.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“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.”

Anna C

“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.”

David C