Days: Monday & Wednesday (only)
Times (Pacific Time):
12:00-12:50pm - Kevin Smith
Class Description: Senior Thesis is designed as a capstone to the student’s overall academic work. This is done through a final persuasive project about the good, the true, and the beautiful. The instructor will guide the students through the process of developing a thesis topic, carrying out academic research, writing a large paper, and delivering a speech. Students will hone their critical thinking and presentation skills through written and oral assignments. These conversations and activities aim to help the student develop a biblical worldview of rhetoric.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Name and define the six parts of discourse.
- Identify and illustrate the six types of introductions and conclusions.
- Name, define and illustrate Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion.
- Draft three examples of four figures of speech.
- Compose a Works Cited and annotated bibliography.
- Write a 4000-word thesis project (rubric provided by the teacher).
- Deliver a speech based on their thesis project.
Credits: 1 (Elective)
Prerequisite: 12th grade
How to Read a Book, Adler, Mortimer J. and Charles Van Doren (978- 0671212094)
Rhetoric, Aristotle (978-0486437934)
Greek and Roman Oratory, Blaisdell, Bob (978-0486496221)
Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric, Farnsworth, Ward (978-1567925524)
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Turabian, Kate L. (7th-edition or newer)