Students will write a senior thesis, all while mastering the Topics of Invention, Arrangement tools, and Elocution skills. Students will be led from clearly defining their thesis topic, to thoughtful arrangement, and to appropriate expression. Students will be guided through responsible research including how to properly cite their authority and how to consider issues like bias in their sources. This classical writing program teaches students more than just the basics of writing a senior thesis. It will also challenge their thinking by teaching them to integrate their years of learning into a single issue. By employing the three canons of classical rhetoric - invention, arrangement, and elocution, the student will be equipped to overcome the three problems all writers face while tackling an expanded essay and to cultivate deeper thinking while integrating their years of learning. The step-by-step instruction makes the writing of a senior thesis manageable for all students. The lessons in thinking, organizing, and expression will challenge and delight even experienced and eager writers.
Students in this course will complete a senior thesis as well as receive instruction in memory and delivery in preparation for their presentation.
Suggested Age: Seniors in High School (16 years old and up)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of LTW Level One and the submission of a complete persuasive essay to the instructor.
Required Texts: The Lost Tools of Writing Level One - Student Workbook
Optional Resource: The Office of Assertion by Scott Crider
Registration numbers: Minimum 4; Maximum 14