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Summer 2023 • Grade 7 and above • Writing Sequence

The Art of Civil Discourse

The ability to communicate effectively and with civility is a critical skill for students of any age. “The Art of Civil Discourse” is a 7.5-week summer class that helps students prepare and prepare and deliver a speech, sharpen their listening skills, and engage in considerate and productive conversation with others, especially on controversial topics. As textbooks, we will use Mortimer Adler’s How to Speak, How to Listen (Collier, 1985), and Steven Michael Selzer's Civility: George Washington's 110 Rules for Today (Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2019). (Note that some portions of the Adler text such as the chapters on the lecture and sales talk will be adapted to the needs of a student audience). Class meets once per week for 1.5 hours via Zoom and is suitable for mature students in grades 7-12. An adult section of the course is also available.

Course Website: The Art of Civil Discourse

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Amber L. Workman

Starts: June 1, 2023
Ends: July 26, 2023

Dates and times to be arranged with enrolled students.

Tuition: $300.00



Prerequisites

None

Textbooks and Materials

This item is required:

Civility: George Washington's 110 Rules for Today [Edition or Version: 1], Authors: George Washington, Steven Michael Selzer (ed).

ISBN: 9781524852443

Publisher's website: Civility: George Washington's 110 Rules for Today

Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore


This item is required:

How to Speak, How to Listen [Edition or Version: 1], Authors: Mortimer Adler

ISBN: 9780684846477

Publisher's website: How to Speak, How to Listen

Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore

Other information: Other editions should be fine.


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