Course: Molding Your Argument

V Molding Your Argument • Offering for 2017 • Grade 8 or above • [Summer course] • Writing Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Bruce McMenomy
Classes meet from June 12, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $200.00

* Website
There is currently no teacher website for this course.
* Description
Modeled on "Molding Your Prose", this course involves developing a sequence of arguments from the same topics by varying their structure to correspond to a range of pre-defined forms, from simple thesis statements and simple paragraphs, through the five-paragraph essay, the Thomistic scholastic model, and the Roman rhetorical outline applied by Cicero and his contemporaries.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
At the beginning of the summer, each student selects a controversial position on which he or she will be willing to argue both sides. We therefore tend to exclude morally volatile issues.
Each week, students present their arguments from one side or another of the question, according to the formula for that week, and post them on the class bulletin board. They then prepare critiques of each other's work in round-robin fashion, and discuss how each work fulfills the demands of the form.
* Prerequisites
None, though this course naturally builds on "Molding Your Prose". The course may be re-taken with profit.
* Recommended background
Some familiarity with writing about expository matters is useful, but not required.
* Instructor's Notes
No materials are required for this course.

The course has been offered to enthusiastic classes for almost a decade.

V Textbooks and Materials
* There are no textbook or materials currently required for this course.
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