Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

Saturday School: Lesson #12 – Copiousness

Lesson #12 – Copiousness Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Successful speakers and writers know that if they hope to persuade on a given topic, win a legal argument, or move a person to action, […]

Saturday School: Lesson #11 – Putting It All Together

Lesson #11 – Putting It All Together Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Before moving on, let’s review all that we’ve learned and put it into practice. Writing is rhetoric, and rhetoric rightly understood is […]

Saturday School: Lesson #10 – Analysis and Synthesis

Lesson #10 – Analysis and Synthesis Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review In the last lesson, we discussed the five topics of invention most useful in developing arguments for our thesis: What is the definition of […]

Saturday School: Lesson #9 – Supporting your Thesis, Part V (Invention)

Lesson #9 – Supporting your Thesis, Part V (Invention) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review In the last couple of lessons, we have learned that a deductive argument uses syllogistic logic to make a point […]

Saturday School: Lesson #8 – Supporting your Thesis, Part IV (Induction)

Lesson #8 – Supporting your Thesis, Part IV (Induction) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review Last week we learned how syllogisms work. They are the framework of a deductive argument. We learned there are three kinds […]

Saturday School: Lesson #7 – Supporting your Thesis, Part III (Syllogisms)

  Lesson #7 – Supporting your Thesis, Part III (Syllogisms) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review Last week we discussed how the ideas a writer develops to support a paper’s thesis can be classified into two main categories: logic and topics of […]

Saturday School: Lesson #6 – Supporting Your Thesis, Part 2 (Logic)

Lesson #6 – Supporting Your Thesis Statement, Part 2 (Logic) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review Last week we discussed the fact that a writer must have real and reasoned arguments to support his thesis. The way […]