Rhetoric 1

with Mrs. Joelle Hodge

Term: Yearlong 2017–18, September 5–May 17
Instructor: Joelle Hodge
Grade Level: Grades 10–12
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. (ET), 60–75 min.
Price: $595.00

Please note: Registration for this course is closed. Check back in February 2018 for our 2018-19 academic year course offerings!

High school students enrolled in this Rhetoric 1 course study and practice the art of rhetoric: persuasive writing and speaking. Students are introduced to the 5 canons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Special attention is given to the study of invention (gathering and inventing one’s arguments), arrangement (structuring one’s arguments in a sequence of elements for maximum persuasion), and style (enhancing one’s writing with sentence and word arrangements and turns of phrase that please and delight the listener). They also begin the study of great examples of rhetoric and learn how to “imitate the masters.” Students then compose and deliver their own ceremonial and political speeches. This course equips students to speak and write persuasively with wisdom and eloquence.

View a detailed description of our full Rhetoric program developed by instructor Jolie Hodge here.

Prerequisites: Incoming students should have a working knowledge and familiarity with the informal fallacies (a good preparation would be Scholé Academy’s Informal Logic course or The Art of Argument text), and an ability to apply the principles of formal argument construction (along the lines of Scholé Academy’s Formal Logic course or The Discovery of Deduction text). Students who have additionally completed Scholé Academy’s Persuasive Writing course or The Argument Builder text are also well prepared  to embark on this journey into Rhetoric 1. Students should also be familiar with professional writing standards and adhere to MLA formatting guidelines for all written submissions in Rhetoric 1. MLA style is widely accepted for college students, and mastery of a style (like MLA) is essential for college-bound students. Please see the course syllabus (below) for more detail on the student expectations for this course.

High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in speech and debate, composition, or language arts. Due to the depth and breadth of this course, this course may be considered an honors high school course.

Course Syllabus: Rhetoric 1 Syllabus 2017-18

“Thank you! The Rhetoric class with Mrs. Hodge is one of the reasons we are still homeschooling. My son enjoys writing, and I know that he would not be challenged in that area in the public school in our hometown.” —Scholé Academy Rhetoric 1 Parent

Rhetoric Image*Required Texts:
The course will use three primary texts:
(1) Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student
(2) The Rhetoric and Poetics of Aristotle, and
(3) Writing with Clarity and Style–A Guide to Rhetorical Devices for Contemporary Writers.

All texts are required materials for this course, and the same texts will be used in all courses in this series: Rhetoric I, Rhetoric II, and Rhetoric III.

*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.


Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

JoelleHodgeHeadshot 400x400 BWJoelle Hodge holds a BA in history/political science from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a staffer to United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa) before finding her professional home in the world of classical education in 1999.

She has more than eighteen years of logic-teaching experience—many of which were spent at a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There she also developed much of their logic and rhetoric curricula. She has co-authored two logic books, The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies and The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic, both published by Classical Academic Press.

Currently, Classical Academic Press hosts Joelle’s consultant offerings, where she engages with educators across the country, tailoring workshops for classical schools and co-ops that seek to train their teachers in the fundamentals of dialectic and rhetoric-stage pedagogy. Through Scholé Academy, she continues to offer online courses in logic and rhetoric, as well as summer tutorials in mathematics and student-skills development. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, she will also serve as Senior Teacher for Scholé Academy, where she will not only continue to offer courses, but also assist other SA teachers in developing their most productive and inspiring classrooms. Concurrently, Joelle provides year-round, private, multidiscipline tutoring services to a classically educated family living abroad.



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