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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 2. Copyright 2006 National Collegiate Honors Council.


This seminar develops students’ skills in writing argumentative essays and speeches. Students examine the American rhetorical tradition in texts ranging from sermons of the Great Awakening to recent Presidential addresses. These texts serve as models as students write arguments demonstrating their knowledge of rhetorical strategies. Through a variety of written assignments, students discover their own most effective voices as writers. When students finish the class, they should be able to write effective argumentative essays based on research. Students will participate in small group work, peer editing, conferences with the instructor, and presentations.