The Wilson Hill Academy composition sequence starts with two guiding principles: teach students to listen and teach students to focus on goals in their writing. In a world rife with unsubstantiated opinion, pausing to heed the apostle James words to be slow to speak and quick to listen takes practice. For this reason, Wilson Hill students begin this practice in grammar school by writing about literature and continue it throughout all their humanities classes. WHA writing assignments fall into two categories: expository argument and imitative creative writing.  Through expository argument students learn to use specific events in literature to support an idea or opinion and avoid circular arguments.  In imitative exercises, students mimic the syntax and diction of great writers and begin the journey of developing their own voice and vocabulary.  At the same time, students learn that an essay has a goal, the parts of an essay have goals, a paragraph has a goal, a sentence has a goal, and every word even has a goal. The writing process is simplified as students focus on accomplishing these goals using their expanding repertoire of writing tools.  In this way, students also obtain the ability to scale their writing from a one-paragraph response to a lengthy senior thesis based on the needs of the prompt.

Rhetoric 2

Rhetoric 2/Senior Thesis is designed to be a capstone experience for Wilson Hill Academy seniors.  The course represents the culmination of the WHA student’s training in the arts of grammar, […]

Section: Composition, Humanities   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Language Arts Level 1

This course introduces students to great works of children’s literature and provides an integrated approach to grammar and writing instruction. Using WHA instructor-developed materials that correspond to the literary selections, […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: Grammar School

Language Arts Level 2

This course introduces students to great works of children’s literature and provides an integrated approach to grammar and writing instruction. Using instructor-provided materials corresponding to the literary selections, students will […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: Grammar School

Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Fundamentals of Academic Writing focuses on formal academic writing for high school students new to Wilson Hill composition or LA4 students needing more confidence and practice. Students practice the trajectory […]

Section: Composition   |   School: School of Rhetoric

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 […]

Section: Composition   |   School: School of Rhetoric

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 […]

Section: Composition   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Rhetoric 1

Both Rhetoric courses carry the honors designation. Rhetoric I introduces students to the concepts and practical principles of the ancient art of rhetoric, the third part of the classical Trivium. Drawn […]

Section: Composition, Humanities   |   School: School of Rhetoric