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Academic Writing

Offered 2020-2021!

This course offers foundational instruction in writing essays using classical essay structures and in vocabulary, grammar, logic, rhetoric, close reading, and basic research skills. Because Academic Writing is required as a pre-requisite or co-requisite for all other full-credit Scriptorium courses, there are three ways to take this course:

Academic Writing – Option 1: Take as a stand-alone English course

  • Time: Fridays, 9:00-11:00 am
  • Tuition: $50/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Grades: 6-12
  • If considering the Diploma Program: Students planning to begin the Diploma Program as freshmen should take Academic Writing in 8th grade
  • One-to-one Tutorials: Students will also have opportunities for one-to-one tutorials to discuss with the tutor how they can improve their written work.
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions are listed below)
    • Lost Tools of Writing – Level 1 Student Workbook (Circe Institute)
    • Roots of English (Memoria Press, ISBN: 9781930953253)
    • The Art of Argument – Student Workbook (Classical Academic Press, ISBN: 9781600510182)
    • Rex Barks: Diagramming Made Easy (ISBN: 9781889439358)
    • Literature texts
      • Homer’s Odyssey (Lattimore translation, ISBN: 9780061244186)
      • Beowulf (Heaney translation, ISBN: 9780393320978)
      • Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Barnes and Noble, ISBN: 9781593080334)
      • Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Folger edition, ISBN: 9780743484862)
      • Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (Oxford World’s Classics, ISBN: 9780199536238)
      • Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda (Oxford World’s Classics, ISBN:¬†9780199555284)
      • Wodehouse’s Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Penguin/Arrow imprint, ISBN: 9780099513933)

Academic Writing – Option 2: Take as an addition to any Scriptorium history or literature course

  • Times: Mondays, 3:00-3:45 pm (to add to Ancient History or Literature); Wednesdays, 3:00-3:45 pm (to add to United States History or Literature); Thursdays, 3:00-3:45 pm (to add to Medieval History or Literature)
  • Tuition: No additional charge to standard history or literature course tuition
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 English credit (When combined with the readings from the history or literature course)
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • If considering the Diploma Program: If they are beginning the Diploma Program, freshmen and sophomores who have not taken Academic Writing add it to either their history or literature course
  • One-to-one Tutorials: Students will also have opportunities for one-to-one tutorials to discuss with the tutor how they can improve their written work.
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions are listed below)

Academic Writing – Option 3: Take as a summer course

  • Times: To be announced
  • Tuition: To be announced
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Grades: 6-12
  • If considering the Diploma Program: Students can take Academic Writing in the summer before they begin the Diploma Program
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions are listed below)

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