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Even within topics our students adore, they will encounter texts that require interpretation and analysis.
That’s where Advanced Composition comes in.
What skills are needed for effective textual criticism in an essay format?
- Close reading and comprehension
- Keen analysis of the text
- Insight generation
- Generating plausible conclusions
Analysis takes practice. Teens don’t immediately know what to look for. We teach them to notice and appreciate the importance of
- understanding context
- social location
- literary devices (in the category of argument)
- tools of logos, pathos, and ethos
- the student’s relationship to the text
These skills are especially valuable to students whose degree programs will be within the College of Letters and Science and majors in the humanities.
But students aren’t only preparing for college!
These skills enable students to be disciplined thinkers as they encounter texts every day in their lives. Those might be online news articles, their for-fun reading, scripts they use when they act, non-fiction autobiographical narratives, blogs, and more.
This class focuses on preparation for academic writing at the college level.
We’ll tackle two types of essays:
- The Definition Essay
- The Textual Analysis Essay
Students should be able writers, highly motivated, and willing to devote several hours per week to their writing and research.
- The first essay will analyze the famous article from Ms. Magazine (1971): “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady.
- The second essay will center around a close reading of The Gettysburg Address.
Your teens will learn the particulars of textual analysis in a low-stress, guided environment.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for older high school students with essay writing experience. The Essay Writing 201: Critical Response Essay and Essay Writing 202: Timed Essay classes are recommended preparatory courses, though not required.
If your teen has multiple essay writing experiences, knows how to formulate a thesis and offer their own analysis in writing, then you are ready for this course! If you have any questions about your student's eligibility for this class, don't hesitate to contact us with a writing sample and we'll point you in the right direction.