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English 11

English 3: Composition & Rhetoric

English 3: Composition and Rhetoric is a yearlong study in the skills of written and oral persuasion.  We will master these skills through the study of Aristotle’s RhetoricFarnsworth’s Classical Rhetoric (Figures of Speech), famous historical speeches, and Cicero’s “Six Moves of Persuasion.”  We will use creative composition assignments, modeling and case studies to put our rhetorical wisdom into practice.

In this course, we will study speeches by many great orators, such as: Patrick Henry, Sir Edmund Burke, Socrates, Sir Thomas More, Fredrick Douglass, Winston Churchill, Shakespeare, and several U.S. Presidents.  As part of exams, the students will be asked to analyze model speeches: “Cross of Gold,” “The Gettysburg Address,” Julius Caesar “Funeral Oration” by Marc Antony & Brutus, and “Address to the Nation: Challenger Disaster” in an attempt to demonstrate their strong grasp of the rhetoric concepts learned in each quarter.

Course Objectives:

  • The student will understand and apply the principles found in Aristotle’s Rhetoric
  • The student will learn how to write according to Cicero’s “Six Steps of Persuasion”
  • The student will learn classical figures of speech by example and application
  • The student will learn how to analyze the effectiveness of his & others writings
  • The student will grow in confidence as a writer and speaker

Skills to be Developed:

The student will learn how to:

  • Analyze & write speeches according to proper use all three divisions of rhetoric. (Political, Ceremonial, Forensic)
  • Analyze & write speeches according to proper use of the means of persuasion (Ethos, Pathos, Logos)
  • Write memorable statements through the practice of the figures of speech
  • Define and divide terms, both technically and more generally
  • Write thoughtful analytical and argumentative speeches
  • Target the audience of a chosen topic and write in a concise and convincing manner

Suggested Prerequisites:

We suggest either English 2: Composition and Logic or an introductory Logic course as prerequisites.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will be required to submit 4 larger composition assignments per semester as chosen by their instructor.  Core students should also expect to have daily reading, shorter weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor.  All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

  • Aristotle: Rhetoric
  • Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric
  • English 3: Composition & Rhetoric Reader – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number




Mrs. Finnigan Mrs. Finnigan

Grades (Typical)

10 – 11 (11th)

Live Class Meets

1x per Week

1 hr. 20 min.


Monday Wednesday

Class Period

4 0


12:00-1:20 PM PT

3:00-4:20 PM ET

6:00-7:20 AM PT

9:00-10:20 AM ET


$759 or see Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

11 (English)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Literature of Christendom

Era of Christendom

Apologetics & Church History II


This class is NOT offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.