Making sure that my high school students learn to write well requires me to choose curriculum that teaches students how to write well and Silverdale Press LLC does that with their Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers program. I felt this program would be a good fit for our 17-year-old son. The program is designed for students ages 14-18 years old. We received the downloadable program, which inlcuded:
- Lesson Book (235 pages)
- Workbook (consumable, 202 pages)
- Reader (111 pages)
- Answer Key (68 pages)
Silverdale Press LLC is based in Winchester, Virginia. The company was founded by Joshua and Jill Hummer who parent four young children and are advocates for homeschooling. Their goal is to help homeschooling parents educate their children with excellence as well as confidence.
As the parent of two sons who hae already graduated along with our 17-year old son, we also have a 15-year-old daughter. However, we decided to just use this program with our son at this time. I know at some point in the future I will use this program with our daughter.
The program is designed to be completed in four days a week for 36-weeks. So it is a full-year program. Our son does not particularly care for writing so I was not sure how he was going to feel about doing this program. But he seemed to do alright with the assignments.
The course begins by discussing what persuasive writing and rhetoric along with providing a profile of rhetoric for Patrick Henry. Each weekly lesson includes reading material found in the Lesson Plan book and the reader along with pages in the workbook. The course also covers habits of great writers, invention, subject, sources, taking notes through statements of facts, an introduction to style, punctuation and even what real writers do and more. Pictured below are the table of contents.
I loved the fact that our son could basically work independently. Every assignment is clearly laid out in the Lesson Plan book, so it did not require a lot of preparation or time on my part. With the answer key, our son was able to check most of the work by himself. However, I did try to discuss what he was reading and working on with him. Here are some pictures of the lesson plan book. The parent can play as much or as little of a role in this course as they want. However, I feel it is important for parents to at least monitor their student’s progress. At the beginning of each lesson learning objectives are laid out along with important terms and a schedule. I like how each week includes a writing assignment.
The reader includes readings on people such as Patrick Henry, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchhill, Sarah Josepha Hale, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevel and more. Each weekly lesson focuses on one of these important people. The length of the reading assignments varies. I will say so far our son seemed to think the reading assignments were appropriate in length.
For each day of every lesson, the student will be using the student workbook to answer questions, define terms or complete writing assignments. I love this daily interaction with what the student is learning. Obviously the length of time needed to complete the workbook pages varies. Defining terms or answering questions takes less time than actually writing. We also appreciated the variety of tasks each day. Here is a sample of a completed workbook page.
I have to say our family has enjoyed using Silverdale Press LLC ‘s Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers program. So check it out for yourself. If you would like to read reviews from other members of the Home School Review Crew for this program or their White House Holidays Unit Studies, designed for ages 5-18, click here or on the graphic below.