New for the 2019-20 school year, the Advanced Composition courses provide robust and personal writing instruction for high school students. Students will refine composition skills through imitative writing and essay construction, and practice emulating the voice of consummate authors by closely examining tone, diction, and syntax. These courses also reinforce 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 corresponding course from The Great Conversation series.
Advanced Composition 1
Writing assignments for this course are based on literature read in The Great Conversation 3. Students must have successfully completed Language 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
Writing assignments for this course are based on literature read in The Great Conversation 4. For the 2019-20 school year, the prerequisites are the same as for Advanced Composition 1 (successful completion of Language Arts 4 or Fundamentals of Academic Writing). In subsequent years, Advanced Composition 1 or permission of the Registrar will be required.