Rhetoric is the ancient art of argumentation and discourse. People often disagree with each other, and this course will lead students down the path of civil discourse. By exploring the nature of shared and unshared assumptions, students will be able to engage in debate and persuasive speaking intelligently and politely. Students will use logical arguments based on inductive and deductive reasoning. They will learn to create an emotional reaction in an audience. They will also learn to project a trustworthy, authoritative, and charismatic image. When writing speeches, students will keep in mind the speaker, the content, and the listener. Listening skills will be stressed.
This course is required of all 10th graders.
Rhetoric instructor: Dr. Paul Bassett