Writers of the Lost Art: Crafting Persuasion

Fall Semester (12 weeks)

Begins Tuesday, September 3, 2024

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Ages: Grades 8-9

7th graders may be considered for enrollment if they have already taken IEW Level B and are up for the reading and workload for this class.

Semester tuition: $355 ($50 discount for private pay*)

*Private pay: Payable in a lump sum or 3 installments per semester.

Sections: Tuesdays at 10am and 2pm

  • Fall will be 60 minutes
  • Spring may run 75 minutes (weeks 15-20, while covering Shakespeare)

Instructor: Chenning Peng

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  • Maximum of 8 students per section.

Course Information

  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • Fall is 12 weeks and spring has an additional bonus week – 13 weeks; both semesters are the SAME price!
  • To hold an enrollment space, families paying with charter school funds must leave a $25 deposit. The deposit is refundable subject to our refund policy.
  • A NOTE ON THE WAIT LIST: If a wait listed class is the only time that will work for you, we encourage you to email us for instructions on joining the wait list! Occasionally spaces open up; sometimes we have a family that decides they will need to switch sections or drop the class.
  • SPRING SEMESTER ENROLLMENT: Since this is a year-long class, we take mid-year enrollment on a case by case basis. If you are interested in registering for Spring, please connect with the instructor, Chenning Peng, to explore adding your student in Spring.

Course Description

What are some of the challenges of writing?  Coming up with content?  Organizing thoughts?  Expressing ideas through beautiful and precise language?  Using the Lost Tools of Writing Level I curriculum, we will learn techniques and use the proven tools of classical rhetoric to tackle each of these struggles.  Using the classical canons of Invention, Arrangement, and Elocution, students will be challenged to think deeply about characters’ choices in the literature we will engage with to write thoughtful and compelling persuasive essays.  

In many ways, the Lost Tools of Writing is a misnomer – it more accurately teaches the lost tools of thinking.  The skills learned in class will not only help students with writing, but with reading, debate, anticipating problems and making important decisions. Modeling every step of the way, I will also lead literature discussions and facilitate the brainstorming of essay ideas in class.  We will think very hard, but don’t worry – we will have fun and read great literature selections too!  Students will have ample opportunities to share their writing and learn from one another. I will read each assignment and provide feedback.  This is a rich class that will be best experienced by attentive students who are willing to work diligently and faithfully.  

What does this type of writing look like?

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What topics will be covered?

  • Creating a thesis that argues a point of view
  • Writing a persuasive essay with thesis, proofs, refutation, introduction, conclusion and more
  • 3 Canons of Classical Rhetoric – Invention, Arrangement, Elocution
  • 5 Common Topics – Definition, Comparison, Relation, Circumstance, and Testimony
  • Elements of literature (setting, plot, character, theme)
  • Elements of expression such as parallelism, antithesis, alliteration, simile/metaphor, and assonance

Can we use California charter funds for this class?

  • Yes! See our Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of charters.
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • A $25 deposit is required to hold an enrollment spot. The deposit will be refunded when the PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.
  • If your charter is not on our list, please fill out this form!

What are the required books and materials?

What is the estimated weekly work?

The amount of time required will vary by student, 2-4 hours/week is estimated. Each essay will be planned, outlined, and written over a three week period.  Over the course of the year, students will write 8 essays of increasing length and comprehensiveness – each new skill complementing and adding on to previous ones.  Students will also have reading assignments every week from our literature list.

What types of parental support will be needed?

  • Help navigating Google Classroom, submitting assignments
  • Help student view assignments
  • Parents are encouraged to go over any teacher feedback with their students and make sure students are following due dates in Google classroom.

What tech platforms are required and used?

  • Zoom
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Login or Gmail for each enrolled student

What are the semester dates?

Fall Semester Meetings (12 classes; September 3-December 3)

OFF 10/15 and 11/26 (Thanksgiving Week)

Spring Semester Meetings (13 classes; January 14-April 22)

OFF 2/18 (President’s Day) and 4/15 (Spring Break)

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

See this page for policies.

For more answers to your questions, see our Class FAQ page.

Fall Semester – 2024

For billing purposes, please request purchase orders using monthly interval price below (instead of the whole semester length).

  • Vendor: Christine Echeverri DBA Carrier Shell Curriculum
  • Instructor name
    • Chenning Peng
  • Class: Advanced Writing: Writers of the Lost Art
  • Start date: September 3, 2024
    • Semester end date: December 3, 2024
  • Duration of each lesson: 60 minutes
  • Frequency: once per week for 4 months (see schedule above)
  • Cost per month – Fall semester: $88.75 x 4 mos. (Sept.-Dec.)
    • Semester tuition: $355
  • Class link: https://carriershellcurriculum.com/classes/writing-online-classes/advanced-writing/