Writing instruction at WHA begins with Language Arts in the Grammar School and continues through the School of Logic and School of Rhetoric years, culminating in Rhetoric 2: Senior Thesis. The primary goal of our writing process is to teach students how to write coherent, logical, and elegant essays. To accomplish this, students need a […]
Formerly known as “Your State History” Fundamentals of Research & Presentation introduces students to logic level research and presentation skills as they learn about their own state history. Using the history of the student’s home state as the research content, students will learn vital research skills which will be needed across a multitude of disciplines […]
Logic 1 Are there “laws of thought” just as surely as there is a law of gravity? The answer is a resounding “yes!” In this course we will learn how to reason in an orderly and consistent fashion. Students will master the rules that govern the thinking process. There will be a particular emphasis on […]
Formerly known as Honors Composition, this course serves as the gateway from writing in the School of Logic to writing in the School of Rhetoric, with special emphasis upon the skills of the beginning academic writer who must write essays for full paper assignments and shorter exam entries. Building on the foundations of the LA4: […]
Both Rhetoric courses carry the honors designation. Rhetoric 1 Rhetoric I introduces students to the concepts and practical principles of the ancient art of rhetoric, the third part of the classical Trivium. Drawn largely from Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria, the course trains students in using and applying the classical rhetorical canons to a variety of spoken […]
Literary Analysis and Argumentation is an honors-designated course that combines a focus on critical writing skills (thesis development, paragraph unity, logical structure of an argument, etc.) with critical analysis of a variety of literary genres and periods covering a broad range of topics. The course teaches skills in close textual analysis of literature and familiarizes […]
This is a somewhat abbreviated version of the full-year Logic 1 class intended for new students who need to shore up their foundation in logic before moving on to Logic 2. It will also serve to fulfill one logic graduation requirement. Students will study forms of correct thinking, using traditional Aristotelian tools such as formal […]
This summer course is designed to reinforce the practical skills in video-delivered speeches and essays as well as reviewing the basic topics covered in Rhetoric 1. It is also appropriate for students who have not taken Rhetoric 1 with WHA but are enrolled in Rhetoric 2/Senior Thesis.