Subject: Advanced English Composition (Grades 11 and 12 only)
LIMITED TO 2 CLASSES of 8 STUDENTS!
Texts Needed: The Writer’s Workshop, Gregory Roper, ISI Books, 2007.
Summary of Course: The Writer’s Workshop takes an approach to teaching writing that is new only because it is so old. Today, rhetoric and composition typically proceed by ignoring what was done for 2500 years in Western education. Gregory Roper, on the other hand, helps students learn to write in the way the great writers of the past learned: by carefully imitating masters of the craft, including Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, Charles Dickens, Sojourner Truth, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. By living in their workshops and imitating these and other masters, apprentice writers – like apprentice musicians, painters, and blacksmiths of the past – will rapidly improve the complexity of their art and discover their own native voices.
This course is different from any other offered by Tree of Life. Students will be assigned a tutor and enrolled in a small peer group (maximum of 8 students) where writing will be shared (via e-mail), critiqued, and celebrated. This is an ideal opportunity for students in their last two years of secondary school to develop advanced composition techniques.
Average Number of Hours: 45 to 60 minutes daily for 27 weeks beginning in September.
Evaluation: The course requires frequent writing exercises to be shared with the class. Therefore, sixteen assignments, eleven of which require less than a page of writing, will be used for evaluation. The grade will be based on participation and improvement.