Rhetoric Alive Senior Thesis Teacher's Edition
This course guides students step-by-step from collecting ideas to specifically selecting a topic. Then through researching, they’ll ultimately write an MLA formatted 12-15 pg research paper incorporating scholarly resources. Then they’ll create an oral presentation and defend a thesis before an audience or peer panel. Students will work through the thesis-writing process in 8 chapters, using the classical steps: introduction (exordium), stating facts (narratio), thesis (partitio), argument (confirmatio), counterargument (refutatio), and conclusion (peroratio). Appendices include samples of such items as a thesis and a course schedule, directions on handling quotations and works cited, and a glossary. If completing all projects, the student spends the first semester researching and the second writing and preparing the oral requirements. The Teacher’s Guide provides the complete student text with sample answers and teacher’s notes. 280 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth
The senior thesis is a capstone project, the crowning achievement in a student's academic journey. In completing the thesis, students bring all that they've learned - reading, writing, and arguing - to bear on one issue. They learn the background of the topic, analyze other people's arguments, and synthesize their findings and discoveries, putting it all together to form a true, good, and beautiful whole.
Through the use of workshops, assignments, and presentation practices, the Rhetoric Alive! Senior Thesis workbook walks students step-by-step through the process of writing and then delivering a thesis. Students will gradually draft the six parts of the thesis: introduction (exordium), statement of facts (narratio), thesis statement (partitio), argument (confirmatio), counterargument (refutatio), and conclusion (peroratio) as they are taken through the thesis process from start to finish, from choosing a topic to crafting a snappy title, and everything in between.
Versatile and straightforward, this text can be used by students who are only writing a thesis paper, only delivering a spoken address, or doing both. Additionally, the genius of Rhetoric Alive! Senior Thesis is that it can be utilized by students using any rhetoric curriculum and even by strong students who have not yet studied rhetoric.
Rhetoric Alive! Senior Thesis is an all-in-one resource journal/scratch pad/research notebook and rough-draft-to-final-copy writing guide that will equip students to create a strong, compelling, and well-crafted senior thesis.
Rhetoric Alive! Senior Thesis Teacher's Edition includes the complete student text, as well as sample answers and extra teacher's notes and explanations.
A significant tool for any adult is the ability to effectively communicate, to truly reach the hearts of man through speech. Subtitled Principles of Persuasion and using the principles first established in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, this book, Rhetoric Alive! focuses on making students’ speech and writing compelling, pleasing and persuasive. Students are guided carefully with detailed and interesting exercises. Students will develop their rhetoric credibility (Ethos) using their reasoning (Logos) to appeal to the audience’s emotion (Pathos) using the five canons (standards) of Invention, Organization, Style, Memory and Delivery. To learn by example, students will discuss excerpts and full speeches from famous ancient and modern speakers. They will write and present three speech types: Deliberative (persuade or dissuade); Ceremonial (praise or blame); and Judicial (accuse or defend).
The Teacher Edition (359 pp, sc) provides a sample syllabus, an option for a one semester or two semester schedule, special charts and tables to better communicate rhetorical principles, presentation grading rubrics, all answers for student activities, a glossary, suggested readings list and space for notes. Student course grades are combined from their assignment grades and also their presentations (using a detailed rubric). Teachers will grade work and presentations and serve as mentor.
Each chapter of the consumable, non-reproducible Student Edition (358 pp, sc) begins with portions of Aristotle’s Rhetoric. His concepts are then explained. Students apply that knowledge as they discuss the 14 sample texts with the provided questions: Plato’s Republic, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech; Emily Dickenson’s poetry; Kennedy’s “Ask Not…” speech, and more. Then in each lesson, three workshops follow (done in small groups or individually): analyze the rhetoric of an email, write a fable, creatively memorize the gist of the Bill of Rights, give a sales pitch, etc. At the chapter’s end, students will give a presentation—either of their own writing (using help provided) or previously written speeches—to practice effective presenting methods. Full of wonderfully written, compelling quotations and speeches, and an in-depth, progressive teaching approach, this text will provide a solid 1/2 credit of high school rhetoric. ~ Ruth