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Advanced Rhetoric & Writing 1: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1)-Friday at 11:30 AM ET
Live course taught by Sharon Hamric-Weis for Fall 2024 High School 12 Series: College Prep Writing


Join this advanced college-prep writing course and learn how to write in the nine rhetorical modes, with dozens of rhetorical techniques and devices to make your writing strong. Much of this course is equivalent to first-year college writing, so you can get what it takes to write excellent college-level essays and papers now. Be sure to sign up for 12-2 for a complete year of senior-level college-prep writing.


Note! This course is considered an advanced writing, pre-college course. As such, there is a greater amount of homework due each week -- and students are expected to have the skills of the 9-Series FOUNDATIONS courses and the 10-Series and 11-Series DEVELOPMENT courses here at the Aquinas Writing Advantage program. If you have not taken the previous courses, then it will help the student's success to watch (*or review) the 9-3 and 9-4 courses before taking this course.

Special Notes: This course only takes 15 students per time slot, so sign up early to ensure a seat. Choose the day and time that works best for your family. This is the first of a 2-part series. Continue with HS 12-2 in the spring for a full year of Advanced Writing. The 12-series courses are foundational for all high school students and essential for college-bound students.

How to get the most out of the Advanced Rhetoric & Writing 1: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1):

  • First, read the course details below and order or download the necessary book.

  • Prepare a notebook for note taking and homework.

  • Students begin the course by clicking on the "Recording" and watching Professor Brown Conroy’s lecture for Class One.

  • Review any supplemental materials (videos or readings).

  • Complete any assignment(s). Turn it into your parent for grading, unless you have purchased the grading service in which case you turn it into Mrs. Weis for grading.

  • If you need to review, go back and watch the recording again and/or go over the PowerPoint.

  • Complete any automated quiz. They should be automated, but if not please turn it into your parent for grading, unless you have purchased the grading service in which case you turn it into Mrs. Weis for grading.

  • Repeat until all 10 classes are complete.

  • Once the course is completed to the parent's satisfaction, there is a Certificate of Completion at the end to be filled in for your records.


This is a Foundational Course for All High School Students and Essential for College-Bound Students!


Special Notes: This is the first of a 2-part series. Continue with HS 12-2 in the spring for a full year of Advanced Writing. The 12-series courses are foundational for all high school students and essential for college-bound students. The Franciscan University of Steubenville recommends completion of this course before taking their dual-enrollment courses (www.franciscan.edu/homeschoolconnections).

Total Classes: 10

Starting Dates and Times:

Fridays, September 13 to December 6, 2024. No class Oct. 4, Nov. 1 (All Saints Day), & Nov. 29 (Thanksgiving break).

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: High School Essential Writing 1-4 (HS 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, & 9-4). Because this is an advanced course that assumes your student has key writing foundations and the advanced writing how-to's in place that are specifically taught at Aquinas Writing Advantage (AWA), 9-1 through 9-4 writing courses are required prerequisites. Recommended: High School Vocabulary and Writing 1 & 2 (HS 10-1 & 10-2). Students may take the prerequisites in Unlimited Access recording or LIVE. An alternative to the prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service. Please contact homeschoolconnections@gmail.com for any questions on permissions.

Suggested Grade Level: 10th to 12th grade, as long as the student has the required prerequisites.

Suggested Credit: One (1) full semester’s credit for Advanced Writing or English

Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: Give your teen the advanced skills to make writing strong and clear. In this course, your student will learn how to use foundational college writing skills—including in-depth use of the nine basic forms of rhetoric (rhetorical modes); identifying and using major rhetorical strategies and figures of speech; and pre-writing, drafting, and editing a comparison and contrast paper. Students will also use advanced writing methods for a paper’s hook, thesis, introduction, body, conclusion, and key rewriting skills with specific, individual feedback from the instructor. Vocabulary related to upper-level writing will be introduced and integrated into the learning. Specific class time will be used to show how to edit and revise upper-level work. This course content is a prerequisite for many colleges for college-bound students.

Course Outline:

Class 1: The academic paper; advanced academic writing with strong thesis construction, hooks, and introductions
Class 2: Rhetorical Mode 1 - Narration; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (tropes, aposiopesis, apostrophe, chiasmus, epithet)
Class 3: Rhetorical Mode 2 - Comparison and Contrast; creating a thesis and hook for your paper
Class 4: Rhetorical Mode 3 - Illustration and Exemplification; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (litotes, zeugma, euphemism, idiom)
Class 5: Rhetorical Mode 4 - Description; drafting your paper’s outline
Class 6: Rhetorical Mode 5 - Process Analysis; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (hyperbole, metonymy, metaphor, mixed metaphor, extended metaphor); prewriting for papers
Class 7: Rhetorical Mode 6 - Definition; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech (bathos, caricature, Deus ex machine, epiphany), and your paper’s rough draft
Class 8: Rhetorical Mode 7 - Cause and Effect; advanced methods of draft revision 1
Class 9: Rhetorical Mode 8 - Division and Classification; advanced methods of draft revision 2; formatting advanced academic works (brief style guide introduction)
Class 10: Rhetorical Mode 9 - Argumentation and integrating rhetorical strategies into upper-level writing

Course Materials:

Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success, by Erin Brown Conroy:
Buy the hard copy of the book here: http://amzn.to/2FMCose
OR, buy the Kindle version of the book here (Download the FREE Kindle app to easily read on your computer, tablet, or mobile device): https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00B7AB90W/catholictreas-20
Microsoft Word or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required. If you do not own Microsoft Word, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: LIVE and Instructor Access students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor (parents will grade Recorded students’ work) with an estimated four (4) to five (5) hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to instructor feedback.

Fee: For all 10 classes: $257 if you register on or before July 15, $277 if you register after July 15. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

©2012-2024 Homeschool Connections and Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA (aka author Erin Brown Conroy/E. B. Conroy) All rights reserved.

This course is designed by Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA.

  • This material is only to be used for its intended purpose by active subscribers of Homeschool Connections. Any other use without explicit permission is in violation of the seventh commandment (yes, the 7th commandment) and in violation of US and International copyright laws.

  • You may print or download to local hard disk extracts for your personal homeschool and non-commercial use only. This is not to be used for homeschool co-ops without express written permission from Homeschool Connections.

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Important! Read the following before the first class!
1.  No Pre-Work Needed
There are no activities and no assignments to turn in before Week 1. Simply come to Class 1 ready to listen, take notes, and learn.

2. Opening Weekly Content

Each week's content will be "opened" after the week's class is taught, to allow students to focus on the week at hand.

3. Assignment Due Dates
Assignments are due at the start of the class as noted. Assignments uploaded after the date/time of the start of the class will lose one grade level's worth of points. For example, if an assignment is due Week 2 at the start of the class and is uploaded after the class begins or anytime within the week, a "B" grade moves to a "C." 

Even if you miss a deadline, turn in the work! Some points are better than no points.

4. Extenuating Circumstances for Extending Assignment Due Dates
Acceptable reasons for extending a due date are illness, accident, or death in the family/close friend. Simply contact the instructor, Professor Brown, at ebconroy@homeschoolconnections.com and discuss the situation for an extension.

5. Student Expectations -- Parent Expectations
Before the course begins, please read the pages on "expectations" that are provided for you here. Thank you!

6. Questions and Contacting the Instructor
Both parents and students are welcome to email with questions. If taking the course LIVE and you have questions, please email the instructor sooner rather than later. Email responses are within 24 to 48 business day hours. Questions about assignments must be emailed before Friday at noon, to get a response before the next class begins. 

7. Organize your Materials, Be Prepared, and Come Prepared
This is an advanced, pre-college writing course. As such, you're expected to read and complete all of the materials and assignments in a timely, responsible way and engage in the class. Come prepared to class with all of the previous work completed, all readings printed and saved in a notebook (with annotations and highlights), and a blank notebook and writing tool for taking notes.

As a former college professor who cares about your success, to prepare you for college and beyond, I expect your kind and focused attention, great questions, and your best work. Writing is rewriting -- so it's expected that you do not turn in a first draft but, instead, work through two or more drafts before turning in your work. Teachers and professors don't give grades; grades are earned -- so it's up to you to give your best.

And if you have ANY questions or at any time feel lost or need a word of encouragement, reach out right away! You'll find I'm here for you, to do your best.

Course name
Advanced Rhetoric & Writing 1: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1)-Friday at 11:30 AM ET
Sharon Hamric-Weis
Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA, Aubrey Heki
Fall 2024
Writing ➤ 12 Series: College Prep Writing
Grade level
High School
Course type
Seats available
15 seats available
Seats remaining
15 seats remaining
Start time
September 13th, 2024 at 10:00 AM ET
End time
December 6th, 2024 at 11:00 AM ET
Access start time
August 30th, 2024 at 12:52 PM ET
Access end time
June 30th, 2025 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability start time
March 22nd, 2024 at 2:53 PM ET
Early enrollment discount ends
July 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
September 6th, 2024 at 12:53 PM ET
Enrollment availability end time
September 9th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Relative due dates
Relative due dates are disabled for this course.

About Sharon Hamric-Weis

During her last year of teaching, Mrs. Hamric-Weis converted to the Catholic Church and was confirmed. Upon her acceptance to the Dickinson School of Law, she and her husband relocated to her home state of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Hamric-Weis practiced law as Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and has been published in the Dickinson Journal of International Law, as well as working as a decision writer for the Pennsylvania Board of Workers’ Compensation.

After working in law, Mrs. Hamric-Weis left her employment to raise her children and homeschool for several years before returning to work as a paraprofessional teaching and caring for a student with multiple disabilities.

She is happy to be homeschooling her three children and teaching the advanced writing courses for Homeschool Connections.

Click here to learn more about Sharon Weis!

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