Why This Class
Is your freshman student a strong writer? Do they already know the fundamentals of writing five-paragraph essays? If so, you probably recognize that they are ready for higher-level training. This course gives them a head start on building the advanced and emerging skills that will help them communicate successfully in the 21st century.
Mentors in this course guide students through projects that help them solidify core skills, from research and critical thinking to rhetoric and debate. Students refine their unique voice and creative flair in essay writing and literary analysis and apply sophisticated spoken-word techniques in speeches and debates. They also practice using technology to collect, organize, evaluate, and communicate information. Through exchanging peer feedback, students gain confidence in their writing and their ability to express and critique ideas.
Students emerge from this course more articulate than ever, both in writing and speech. They see the benefit of honing advanced communication skills to gain an edge in school and life—and to impact the world around them for the better.