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Gracie is working on completing her senior year in our homeschool. She really didn’t need many credits this year in order to graduate, so we’ve been having fun adding some fun and interesting curriculum choices to her line-up. One of the things that we’ve added this year is The Rhetoric Companion by N. D. Wilson and Douglas Wilson. Rhetoric was something that we hadn’t really covered, and I thought it might be something that she would enjoy. I was offered the opportunity to check it out from Timberdoodle, and quickly added it to her curriculum list for this year. I’ll allow Gracie to share her thoughts on it below.
The Rhetoric Companion
A Student’s Guide to Power in Persuasion: Read an Excerpt from The Rhetoric Companion
Arranged in 31 lively and practical lessons
The Rhetoric Companion covers the following material and more:
- A critical appreciation of the essential ancient rhetoric texts
- The Pauline view of presentation and persuasion
- How to develop copiousness and leave an audience wanting more
- The concept of “stasis theory” and how to grasp the crux of an argument
- How successful proof obligates an audience to believe
- Composition exercises with each lesson
- Suggested reading material for each lesson from Artistotle’s Rhetoric, the Rhetorica Ad Herennium, or Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria
Timberdoodle Says . . .
In clear, powerful, and amazingly funny prose, the Wilson family delights us again with The Rhetoric Companion, a guide to what rhetoric is and its impact on your life.
Become a Skillful Communicator
Written to help teens become skillful speakers, The Rhetoric Companion is a primer to understanding classical rhetoric and its practice in the modern day.
A Must-Read for Every Teen
The thirty-one lively and practical chapters are amazingly short, quite easy to understand, and they are sure to produce intelligent, intentional speakers and communicators. This is a must-read for every teen.
At the end of each of the thirty-two lessons in The Rhetoric Companion text are assignments, recommended readings from classical sources, and review questions. A nifty Answer Key is available separately.
Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle’s 2016 Twelfth-Grade Curriculum Kit!
Gracie Says . . .
The Rhetoric Companion explains the materials in great detail, but it’s very well written in the way that no words are used for filler, there’s no rabbit trails, and it’s clear and comprehensive. Also it explains that the materials that they suggest students read are optional because, if the student read them all, the curriculum could be counted as a full credit course, but if only some are read then it can be more of a supplement. Either way, the original material by the author works for whichever option the student takes and doesn’t include anything that would require the student to treat it as a course.
Heidi Says . . .
Gracie is not the type of child who likes fluff or even making small talk, so the no-nonsense approach that these authors take is a perfect fit for her! The length of each lesson is very reasonable and easily managed in one sitting. At the end of each lesson, you’ll find suggested readings (which, as Gracie mentioned, can be used in one of two ways), an exercise (which is in the form of some sort of writing assignment, essay or otherwise), and a list of review questions. With reading the text one day and following up with 1-3 days of the suggested reading, that leaves 1-2 days in a week to work on the writing assignment and questions, making this course easy to complete in a school year and well worth the full credit if completed in its entirety.
If you’re looking for a course on rhetoric for your high schooler, I’d definitely recommend checking this one out!
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