Writing & Rhetoric Year 1

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 4–5; 3rd graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 45–60 min.
Price: $595.00

Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1:
M/W/Th 9:15 a.m. ET with Mrs. Weaver
Section 2: M/T/Th 10:30 a.m. ET with Mrs. Molnár
Section 3: M/T/Th 11:45 a.m. ET with Mrs. Weaver
Section 4: M/T/Th 3:30 p.m. ET with Mrs. Molnár

New Placement Process: Click to Read
To help ensure students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires most students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. The following students will be required to submit placement evaluations: 
  • students who are new to Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
  • students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success 
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Assistant to the Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student. 
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course. 
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

This course is designed to help 4th–5th graders discover delight in writing and begin to develop effective tools and methods for writing well. The course uses the imitation and practice method utilized by the award-winning Writing & Rhetoric series to impart to students essential tools for writing. The first semester follows Book 1: Fable, which uses fables to teach students the practice of close reading and comprehension, summary (both aloud and in writing), and amplification. In the second semester, the course follows Book 2: Narrative I, which uses a variety of longer stories that expand the skill set learned in the first semester. This semester also includes more—and longer—writing assignments. This course works to develop in each student a love and hunger for story and writing and does so through engaging class sessions, creative assignments, and personal feedback. For a closer look at the texts used in this course, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: Book 1: Fable and Book 2: Narrative I.

Schedule: This course is designed with young learners’ brains in mind! The course meets three times per week for 45–60 minutes, affording adequate instructional time while keeping on-screen sessions to a healthy duration for our youngest learners.

Spelling and Grammar Integration: While the parts of speech and other elements of grammar are referenced and integrated throughout this course, the primary focus is on writing and rhetoric—as the name implies. It is expected that students are receiving spelling and grammar instruction (whether online or at home) in conjunction with this course. If you are looking for an excellent grammar program that will nicely complement Writing & Rhetoric, we recommend the Well-Ordered Language program (live, online course available here).

Syllabus: Click here to view the syllabus for 2019-2020.

Placement: Please read about our new process above.

  • This course is designed as an introductory writing course; no prior writing instruction is required. Students should be comfortable reading fluently and independently writing out/copying (not necessarily composing) short paragraphs legibly by hand.
  • The course is geared toward rising 4th–5th graders. Rising 3rd graders are welcome, though in most cases 3rd-grade students require additional supervision and support from a parent in conjunction with the course. When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please keep in mind that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in a 4th- to 5th-grade corporate learning environment as well as the online classroom dynamic.
  • If your student is outside the 3rd-5th grade range, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.

 

For further information on the Writing & Rhetoric series, please see the Classical Academic Press FAQ page.

WR1 Image*Required Texts:

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

Optional Resources:
Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable Audio Files
Writing & Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative I Audio Files

These audio files allow students to engage their sense of hearing and their listening intelligence as Dr. Christopher Perrin, along with the Writing and Rhetoric series editor, Christine Perrin, deliver the fables aloud in a thoughtful manner.

Lylah Molnár graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Education from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. She taught high school religion before moving abroad with her husband. While working in an international school, she realized how the good, the true, and the beautiful transcend words. Coupled with her desire to form the whole person in virtue and involve the heart as well as the head in education, she found her home in the classical education environment. Lylah spent time teaching at a classical Christian school outside Boston where she was captivated by the joy her students took in learning and the way they challenged themselves to develop their God-given intellectual talents. One of Lylah’s pastimes is learning Hungarian, her husband’s native language. Working to master this language as an adult, she has learned the importance of attentive listening and imitation of others in the learning process. The Writing and Rhetoric Series is a particular joy for Mrs. Molnár due to the fabulous stories that she gets to share with her pupils. She has seen the confidence that her students build as they progress step-by-step through the writing process and is humbled to be a part of their journeys as authors! Mrs. Molnár is excited to join Scholé Academy for another year as a lower school Writing and Rhetoric teacher and tutor! lmolnar@scholeacademy.com

 

Margaret Weaver holds a BS in education from Lock Haven University. She has nearly 23 years of experience as an educator, having begun her career as a private reading and math tutor. For the past 14 years Mrs. Weaver, through her company, Stand Firm Educational Service, has been dedicated to work with local home school families as a teacher, consultant, course of study coordinator, and evaluator. She began her journey toward classical education when she took on the responsibility of educating her own children. Wanting to understand the Bible more clearly inspired her to study Latin. Under the tutelage of Peter and Laurie Brown of Lancaster Center of Classical Studies Mrs. Weaver added to her love of languages Latin and Greek. She is continuing her own classical studies as a student of Classical Academic Press’s ClassicalU. As an educator she enthusiastically brings writing, grammar, and Latin into conversation with each other. Mrs. Weaver is looking forward to continuing to bring her love of learning to the live, online classroom as she guides her students on their own classical journeys! mweaver@scholeacademy.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend 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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 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.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.

Please Note: This recording is a sample of Writing & Rhetoric Year 1 with Mrs. Zoë Endicott.

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