Seventh Grade begins the sixth and seventh stages of our writing program. In Refutation and Confirmation students master the ability to create or “invent” arguments.
Writing instruction through the 10th grade builds the capacity of students to invent arguments. Also students learn to arrange the components of compositions according to purpose. In addition students master two fundamental styles of writing.
Students transition from the Progymnasmata into Rhetoric with the study of Hermogenes, On Issues. This begins near the end of the 10th grade year and teaches students to understand the nature of a thesis. Such understanding includes how to best articulate a thesis statement. Further they learn the rhetorical structure of argumentation for each type of thesis. Hermogenes trains students to think and write critically through both sides of an issue.