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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 […]

On Reading Wisdom (Hokma) Literature

The Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three major sections: Torah, Prophets, and Writings. Categorized under Writings are the wisdom books, also referred to as Hokma literature because of their extensive use of the various forms of the Hebrew root, hkm, meaning wisdom. Wisdom literature varies within the Judeo-Christian traditions, but […]

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 […]

Saturday School: Lesson #5 – Supporting Your Thesis, Part 1 (Definition)

Lesson #5 – Supporting Your Thesis Statement I (Definition) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading One last reminder, in case you’re just joining us: we are focusing on the persuasive essay because good writing must have a compelling message. Later, […]

Saturday School: Lesson #4 – The Thesis Statement

Lesson #4 – The Thesis Statement Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading As I explained last week, we will be focusing on the persuasive essay to start. This is because of what we have learned about writing: […]

Saturday School: Lesson #3 – Elements of Contingency

Lesson #3 – Elements of Contingency Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Last week we learned good writing doesn’t just tell the facts, it makes an assertion. In other words, all good writing has a compelling […]

Saturday School: Lesson #2 – Elements of Composition

Lesson #2 – Elements of Composition Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Today’s lesson is extremely simple, and should only take you a few minutes. Last week we discussed the difference between sophistry and rhetoric. We […]