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Aristotle's treatise, On Rhetoric (free E-text/Adobe)
trans. W. Rhys Roberts (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924)
(Revised cover/page 1.)

Annotated Outlines:

1) Aristotle, On Rhetoric;
2) Mortimer Adler, How to Read a Book;
3) Joseph Williams, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity & Grace

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Rhetoric: Reading Schedule


First Semester  

  1. Aristotle, On Rhetoric, Bk. I, Chaps. 1-15
        (Kennedy: pp. 25-118; Roberts: pp. 1-41) 
Study Questions 1-10
Study Questions 11-20
Study Questions 21-30
Study Questions 31-37
  2. Aristotle, On Rhetoric, Bk. II, Chaps. 1-26
        (Kennedy: pp. 119-215; Roberts: pp. 41-84) 
Study Questions 1-10
Study Questions 11-20
Study Questions 21-30
  3. Aristotle, On Rhetoric, Bk. III, Chaps. 1-20
        (Kennedy: pp. 216-282; Roberts: pp. 84-115)
Study Questions 1-10
Study Questions 11-20
  4. Adler, How to Read a Book, Chap. 1-7, pp. 3-95
Study Questions 1-7
  5. Adler, How to Read a Book, Chap. 8-12, pp. 96-188
Study Questions 8-15
  6. Adler, How to Read a Book, Chap. 13-21, pp. 191-346
Study Questions 16-25
  7. Williams, Style, Lessons 1-5, pp. 1-117
Study Questions 1-15
  8. Williams, Style, Lessons 6-10, pp. 118-249
Study Questions 16-30
  9. MacArthur, Historic Speeches, pp. 1-62
10. MacArthur, Historic Speeches, pp. 63-150  
11. MacArthur, Historic Speeches, pp. 151-260  
12. MacArthur, Historic Speeches, pp. 265-334
13. MacArthur, Historic Speeches, pp. 335-424
14. MacArthur, Historic Speeches, pp. 425-500    
15. 1/8- Plato, The Gorgias, pp. 1-75
16. 1/15- Plato, The Gorgias, pp. 76-149

Second Semester
  1. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 41-121:
       Memorials & Patriotic Sp. (All);
       War & Revolution Sp. (Cataline-Chief Joseph)
  2. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 122-215
       War & Revolution (W. Wilson) through
       Tributes & Eulogies (Will Rogers)
  3. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 216-306
       Tributes & Eulogies (Stanley Baldwin) through
        Debates & Argumentation (Stephen Douglas)
  4. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 307-389
Debates & Argumentation (J.C. Breckinridge)
          through  Trials (All)    
  5. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 393-485
         Gallows & Farewell Sp. (All) through
         Sermons (John Witherspoon)
  6. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 485-588
         Sermons (Chief Red Jacket) through   
         Inspirational Speeches (All) 
  7. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 591-689
         Lectures & Instructive Sp. (All) through
         Sp. of Social Responsibility (W.L. Garrison)
  8. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 690-762
          Sp. of Social Responsibility (Chief Seattle)
          through Sp. of Social Responsibility (Bhutto)
  9. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 765-850
          Media Speeches (All)
10. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 853-941
          Political Speeches (Demosthenes) through
          Political Speeches (F.D. Roosevelt)

11. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 942-1024
          Political Speeches (W. Churchill) through
          Political Speeches (Ronald Reagan)
12. Safire, Great Speeches in History, pp. 1025-END
          Political Speeches (Jeane Kirkpatrick)
          through Commencement Speeches (All)
13. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Chaps. 1-5, pp. 1-83
14. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Chaps. 6-9, pp. 85-172
15. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Bks. I-III.3, pp. 3-68
16. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Bks. III.4-IV, pp. 69-136

Course Requirements

Weekly Reading Quizzes

Students are responsible to keep track of the reading and homework schedule which is posted in each tutorial’s atrium, and to be prepared for a short quiz which will cover that week’s assignment. The quiz will usually consist of about ten Multiple Choice questions which the tutor will post on the Chat Screen, one at a time. The quiz will be given in a "game show" format, with the instructor keeping track of the students who are first to type in the correct answers.   Students are requested to select the best answer (A, B, C, D) and to send it back to the tutor, via Private Chat. The tutor keeps track of the results, and will usually announce each week’s top three winners ("Gold, Silver, Bronze"). The quiz results will not be included in the student’s final grade. However, the quiz is important the two reasons: 1) to alert the tutor to each student’s comprehension and progress; and 2) to keep students motivated and accountable for their weekly reading assignments. In addition, the competitive "game format" adds a dimension of excitement and camaraderie.

Weekly SAT and AP Quizzes

In addition to the weekly reading quizzes students should also be prepared for a weekly quiz over each week’s SAT vocabulary and AP literary terms. All literature students (C. S. Lewis, GBT 1, GBT 2, GBT 3, J. R. R. Tolkien), as well as the Logic and Rhetoric students, are expected to keep track of the assigned SAT vocabulary and AP literacy (terms and authors). Students should have received copies of these lists via email from the tutor. The SAT vocabulary and AP literary terms are also posted on the website in the AP/SAT Atrium: http://www.oxfordtutorials.com/APSATAtrium.htm   As with the weekly reading quizzes, the results will not be including in the grades. However, these quizzes are important for two reasons: 1) to assist students in expanding their vocabularies for their own enrichment and understanding; 2) to prepare students for the SAT exam (typically the single most important factor in college admissions).

Major Assignments: First & Second Semester

Most of the tutorials will also include four or five major assignments. The DUE DATES for these assignments are posted near the top of the homepage of www.oxfordtutorials.com at the following link: http://www.oxfordtutorials.com/OxfordAssignmentSchedule.htm

Here are the assignments:

1. Letters to the Editor: A letter to the editor (of a newspaper or magazine) is an attempt to introduce or respond to a current issue of civil importance by combining elements of an argumentative (rational) and persuasive (emotional) essay in a very brief format (100-200 words).  The brief format is required by most periodicals to allow more letters to be published.  It is also of great benefit as a discipline in "getting to the point."  Students will be required to write three letters over the course of the year on topics to be determined in consultation with the tutor.
2. Midterm Exam: This exam will be scheduled in the middle of the first semester. It will cover the reading during the first half of the semester (comprehension), as well as material presented by the tutor in class (commentary) and the AP literary terms A-G (definitions). Students will be expected to be familiar with the themes and literary devices which are expressed in the reading (examples).

3. Semester Exam: This exam will be scheduled at the end of the first semester. It will involve the same components as the midterm, but it will include the reading for the second half of the semester, and all of the AP literary terms (A-Z). Students will be expected to be familiar with the themes and literary devices which have expressed in the reading thus far (examples).

4. Persuasive Speech: A persuasive speech is an attempt to convince an audience to think or act in a certain way based upon emotional appeals (pathos).  It should include rational argument and evidence (logos), but its primary objective is to touch the listener's heart, and change his or her point of view.  The persuasive speech will be delivered in class, to the tutor and your peers.  The word limit is: 400 words. Students are requested to use the "Five Paragraph Essay" format in preparing their speeches.  For help with this format please see:

Proposed Topics for Letters to the Editor & the Persuasive Speech
1. Should the Ten Commandments be posted in public schools?  
     Why?/Why not? (50-250 words)
2. Is religion a 'crutch' which prevents followers from thinking
     on their own?  Why?/Why not? (50-250 words)
3. Should the
Boy Scouts be required to allow and accept openly
     gay scouts and scout leaders?  Why?/Why not? (50-250 words)

4. Should the right to privacy include a mother's right to terminate
     the pregnancy of an unborn child?  Why?/Why not? (50-250 words)
5. Does it constitute a violation of the First Amendment as an
     "establishment of religion" for public schools to teach creation or
     design? Why?/Why not? (50-250 words)
6. Should the federal government allow researchers to use stem
     cells derived from human embryos?  Why?/Why not? (50-250 words)
7. Should illegal immigrants from Mexico be awarded a general
     amnesty?  Why?/Why not? (50-250 words) 
Are Americans who believe in the Virgin Birth less "enlightened" than those
      who believe in Darwin's theory of evolution (as asserted by N.Y. Times
      columnist Gary Wills)?  Why?  Why not?   (200-400 words)

9. Should the death penalty ever be allowed for juveniles? Why?   Why not?
     (200-400 words)
10. Should religion be kept out of politics (as asserted by Seattle Times
      columnist Danny Westneat)l? Why?  Why not?   (200-400 words)