Advanced Composition 1
Advanced Composition 1 provides robust and personal writing instruction for high school students. They will refine composition skills through imitative writing and essay construction. Students practice emulating the voice of consummate authors by closely examining tone, diction, and syntax. This course reinforces prior grammar instruction through the analysis of complex sentence structures. Thesis-based writing assignments challenge students to develop increasingly sophisticated essays, including various modes of appeal, argument, and arrangement. Students will enhance lateral thinking skills concerning literature and will practice research skills by drawing from outside sources. While no corequisites are required, writing assignments are based on literature read in The Great Conversation 3 course. As a prerequisite, students must have successfully completed Languages Arts 4 or Fundamentals of Academic Writing or have received permission from the registrar. Language Arts 4 students who need more confidence and practice are encouraged to enroll in Fundamentals of Academic Writing.
Advanced Composition 2
Advanced Composition 2 continues, and builds upon, the robust and personal writing instruction offered in Advanced Composition 1. Students will develop personal style and voice through imitative exercises that challenge students to look closely at the syntax and diction of distinguished authors. While Advanced Composition 2 students still draw upon literary sources, they will practice finding, evaluating, and utilizing secondary sources that contribute to the conversation. Throughout the year students will complete timed writing exercises which progress logically in difficulty and prepare students to formulate an argument quickly. While no corequisites are required, writing assignments are based on literature read in The Great Conversation 4 course.
Prerequisite: Advanced Composition 1