Writing & Rhetoric Year 2
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 5–6; 4th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 45–60 min.
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: M/W/Th 9:15 a.m. ET with Mrs. Foose
Section 2: M/W/F 11:45 a.m. ET with Mrs. Sethman
Section 3: M/W/F 1:00 p.m. ET with Mrs. Sethman
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- 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
- 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.
This course is designed to help students progress and delight in writing, and to continue to develop effective tools and methods for writing well. The course uses the imitation and practice method utilized by Book 3: Narrative II and Book 4: Chreia & Proverb to help students build essential tools for writing. In the first semester, students will learn about new genres of story, including historical narrative and legend. The skills learned in Writing & Rhetoric Year 1 (Books 1 and 2) are extended and new skill sets are introduced, including identifying the difference between fact and opinion and learning to ask the five Ws of a historical narrative: who, what, when, where, and why. In the second semester, students learn how to write six-paragraph essays on the basis of a saying or an action. This course works to develop in each student a love of 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 3: Narrative II and Book 4: Chreia & Proverb.
Schedule: This course is designed with young learners’ brains in mind! The course meets 3 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 course syllabus.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- Students who have successfully completed Books 1 and 2 of the Writing & Rhetoric series will be ideally prepared for this course. Students who are new to the Writing & Rhetoric program should be proficient in skills such as narration (telling the story back), summary, and amplification (adding details, dialogue, and description) before enrolling in this course. The course material provides a light review of the concepts and program vocabulary introduced in the prerequisite material, and the course instructor will work to welcome and orient students who have a foundation in writing skills but are new to the program. However, due to the incremental nature of the Writing & Rhetoric series, we encourage students who do not have a firm foundation in the skills mentioned above to begin in Year 1.
- All students should be comfortable writing their work legibly by hand.
- This course is designed for rising 5th–6th graders. Rising 4th graders who have completed the previous level of Writing & Rhetoric are welcome, though in most cases 4th-grade students require additional support from a parent in conjunction with the course. Occasionally students beyond 6th grade are well suited for this course. If your student is outside of the 4th–6th grade range or does not have previous writing instruction in the areas mentioned above, we ask that you contact us to confirm proper placement.
For further information on the Writing & Rhetoric series, please see the Classical Academic Press FAQ page.
- Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II (Student Edition)
- Writing & Rhetoric Book 4: Chreia & Proverb (Student Edition)
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
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.
Charissa Sethman holds a BS in philosophy and religion from Covenant College near Chattanooga, TN, where she resides with her husband, Michael, and their five children. Mrs. Sethman brings to the classroom more than a decade combined of classical teaching experience in home-education and tutorial settings. With a passion for classical and liberal arts education, she relishes the order and beauty of language, mathematics, and music and finds great satisfaction in reading and writing a well-turned composition. Her interests extend further to the visual arts and to music, having taught art studio and a lecture series on the cultural heritage of the West. Charissa aims to help students do good, careful work unto mastery while also allowing time for restful, worshipful contemplation of great ideas. Her passion is to help her students to enjoy truth and to know and love God through their experiences with beautiful and good things. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Foose is a fluent and enthusiastic Spanish speaker and an experienced Spanish teacher. She enjoys the language-learning process in its own right and loves sharing this love with her students. Her Spanish journey began when she was young, continued at Duke University where she was a Spanish major, and came to fruition with a second major in Latino Studies, two stints studying abroad in Southern Mexico, and various interpreting, missions, and immigrant advocacy roles as an adult. Sarah has taught Spanish to grades 3 through 10, privately and at a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has also taught dialectic and rhetoric school math, history, logic, literature, and ESL literature. Sarah loves Spanish grammar but enjoys even more the beauty of cross-cultural relationships made possible by a common language—this is what Spanish class is ultimately about! She and her husband, Jeremy, have two young, bilingual children, Leah and Annie, and live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sarah’s other passions include a gospel lifestyle, food, and the great outdoors. Mrs. Foose teaches Spanish for Children A and B at Scholé Academy. email@example.com
Computer: 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.
High-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.
Headset: 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
Zoom: 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:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Scanner: 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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