Rhetoric Companion

Rhetoric Companion

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ISBN: 9781591280781
Grades: 9-12

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Rhetoric! Does the very word strike fear, confusion, or disinterest? It's really much more than "effective communication," although that would be the modern so-called equivalent. But classical rhetoric refers to thinking skills and an understanding of classical literature as much as it does to speaking skills. This course offers students the opportunity to gain a solid grasp of what rhetoric is and how to master the art. There are 31 lessons (3-7 pgs each) which teach each aspect of classical rhetoric, giving examples and providing diagnostic questions. Sidebar quotes from classical works on rhetoric illustrate and augment the lesson. Passages from these classical works are listed as suggested reading assignments. A writing exercise and review questions conclude each lesson. Two questions permeate all of the lessons: 1) How does classical rhetoric intersect with Christian faith? 2) What does classical rhetoric mean in the modern world? Students can use this book in two ways either as a stand alone course used over one semester or as a companion to historic rhetoric texts for a full year's course. This course will especially be appreciated by students pursuing a Classical Education or, maybe more so, by ones who did not. I would recommend using this before your first college-level course. 157 pgs. pb ~ Janice For the Christian student of rhetoric, manipulative sophistry is clearly out of bounds. But putting careful thought into what constitutes eloquent speech and persuasive argumentation is not. What many people dismiss as "a bunch of rhetoric" is simply poor rhetoric. There is a Christian approach of memorable and effective expression, and it is the task of this book to lay out that approach.Arranged in 31 lively and practical lessons, The Rhetoric Companion covers the following material and more: A critical appreciation of the essential ancient rhetoric texts The Pauline view of presentation and persuasion How to develop copiousness and leave an audience wanting more The concept of "stasis theory" and how to grasp the crux of an argument How successful proof obligates an audience to believe Composition exercises with each lesson Suggested reading material for each lesson from Artistotle's Rhetoric, the Rhetorica Ad Herennium, or Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria
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Rhetoric! Does the very word strike fear, confusion, or disinterest? It's really much more than "effective communication," although that would be the modern so-called equivalent. But classical rhetoric refers to thinking skills and an understanding of classical literature as much as it does to speaking skills. This course offers students the opportunity to gain a solid grasp of what rhetoric is and how to master the art. There are 31 lessons (3-7 pgs each) which teach each aspect of classical rhetoric, giving examples and providing diagnostic questions. Sidebar quotes from classical works on rhetoric illustrate and augment the lesson. Passages from these classical works are listed as suggested reading assignments. A writing exercise and review questions conclude each lesson. Two questions permeate all of the lessons: 1) How does classical rhetoric intersect with Christian faith? 2) What does classical rhetoric mean in the modern world? Students can use this book in two ways - either as a stand alone course used over one semester or as a companion to historic rhetoric texts for a full year's course. This course will especially be appreciated by students pursuing a Classical Education or, maybe more so, by ones who did not. I would recommend using this before your first college-level course. 157 pgs. pb ~ Janice

Suggested texts:Aristotle, The Rhetoric and the Poetics of Aristotle (Loeb edition)Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria (4 Volumes) (Loeb edition)Harry Caplan, ed., Rhetorica Ad Herennium (Loeb edition)


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
9
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781591280781
Author
N.D. Wilson & Douglas Wilson
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Canon Press
Weight
1.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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Needed for Classical Conversations Challenge IV next year.
Roxann H on Mar 4, 2022
It was recommended aas a resource for my senior high schooler.
Shelly J on Apr 28, 2020
Needed for Classical Conversations Challenge IV next year.
Roxann H on Mar 4, 2022
My student is taking a rhetoric course.
User on Jun 9, 2021
It was recommended aas a resource for my senior high schooler.
Shelly J on Apr 28, 2020
homeschool co-op class
User on Aug 5, 2018
A helpful parent resource for Classical Conversations Challenge program.
Trinita J on Aug 2, 2018
Required book for a class.
Mei Wei R on Jul 12, 2018
Required school book.
Debbie S on Jul 11, 2018
Planning to use this for our children for high school English.
kimberly m on Nov 5, 2016
School purchase
Annika R on Aug 23, 2016
Class requirement
Dixie E on Aug 23, 2016
My student is taking a rhetoric course.
User on Jun 9, 2021
homeschool co-op class
User on Aug 5, 2018
Does this allow a way for students to write and present their own speeches?
User on Mar 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This book isn't really intended as a textbook for learning how to give speeches -- it's a study of rhetorical skills and how they were applied in historical texts. The introduction states, "The best (or at least the fullest) use of this text will be as a companion to accompany the modern student in his readings of these ancient texts." Primary sources for recommended reading include Aristotle's Rhetoric and the writings of Quintillian.
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