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“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

~ Mortimer Adler

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C.S. Lewis

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

“If [the gospel] is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore-- on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe.”

~ Dorothy Sayers

Suggested ages: 14-17

Class meets: Weekly

Class length: 75 minutes

Number of classes: 9 weeks

Tuition: $179

Required text: McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, 2nd Edition

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Summer Essays II


Designed for students who have completed Essays I, Summer Essays II introduces new essay forms. It is very easy to adapt the structure and skills learned in Essays I to any sort of writing, but sometimes a little guidance and feedback helps! The three additional essays (written with our usual three week cycle of invention, first draft, then final draft), will allow students to respond to an SAT essay prompt, then write two analytical essays. The goal is not to teach students every nuance of analytical essay-writing, but to show them how to easily adapt what they learned in the preceding year to write other kinds of essays.

We will also learn some additional figures of speech which are valuable to a reader or writer but are somewhat less common than those covered in Essays I: hyperbole, litotes, epanalepsis, antimetabole, oxymoron, and paradox.

The structure of the course will be identical to that of Essays I, but for only nine weeks over the summer. Should summer travel or other commitments interfere with some or even all of the live classes, students are welcome to keep up with the recordings.