A one-semester course for grades 7 or 8 and up
Think of the progymnasmata as a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. In the award-winning Writing & Rhetoric series, author Paul Kortepeter has recovered this proven method of teaching writing in conjunction with critical thinking and speaking. This is the tenth in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years.
Thesis Part 1
In Writing & Rhetoric Book 10: Thesis Part 1, students will write well-crafted persuasive thesis essays with narrative, descriptive, expository, and comparative elements. The thesis essay is perhaps the most important form of academic writing. In fact, in every major in college, successful exams and term papers depend on excellent thesis writing. Each composition requires strong critical thinking skills, an understanding of audiences and how to “hook” them, and a logical progression of ideas and evidence. The thesis exercise employs all of the skills students have gained in their study of the progymnasmata and adds something more: the consideration and rebuttal of counterarguments. By thinking through opposition to their main ideas, students grow in their ability to think flexibly and to defend their position. In addition, the thesis essay will help students to examine and sustain ideas, two skills much needed in today’s public discourse.
In this 1-semester book, students will learn to:
- create complex thesis statements
- write thesis essays with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion
- sustain arguments for 6 paragraphs
- use topic sentences for organizing paragraphs and information
- incorporate supportive facts and details, including quotations, paraphrases, and allusions
- understand audiences better, “hook” their attention, and consider the purpose for reaching them
- appeal to readers though credibility (ethos) and logic (logos)
- build copiousness
- improve essays using speaking as an aid to revision
- revise essays for redundancies, padded writing, informal tone, dangling modifiers, and faulty predication
- analyze literature excerpts for theme
- annotate texts and narrate them both orally and in summary form
- work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection
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