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High School English: Language, Media, and Rhetoric

This English course is for high school students who would like to learn and practice the classic arts of rhetoric and persuasion as applied to contemporary media, learning how to think critically about arguments presented via the media.
Stephanie Carta, B.Sc.
46 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn how to be critical readers and writers, understanding the timeless ways to write and argue well, as well as the challenges we all face as readers, writers, and citizens in a new media environment. They will be more prepared to write academic arguments in liberal arts courses, as well as transfering those skills to writing for more public audiences.  
I teach high school English, including AP English Literature and AP English Language, and social studies. I bring an inter-disciplinary approach to this course which merges the English curriculum with the social sciences. I also bring three decades of research and insights to my work in these fields from experience in the real world of diverse communities and in an academic classroom and research environment.  

I studied at Suffolk University (Boston) as an Archer Fellow and InterFuture Scholar. As a student, I researched political issues in Europe and Africa. Since then, I've taken my academic experience and learned to write professionally for different general and specific audiences, using what I learned in my courses in the "real world" of journalism, technical and creative writing. My writings have been published in humanities journals, engineering periodicals, and online sites for film analysis.    
The writing component in this course includes a series of questions for every unit, to be posted on a Google document shared by students. They will address short answer questions as well as have the option to present multi-media arguments such as video and image to back up their arguments. Students will also have the option of contributing to a blog on Wordpress to be shared by all my high school English and writing students.  
 1 file available upon enrollment
Please purchase "Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media". Reading from this text will be scheduled for students and incorporated into the assigments and discussion. Please rent or buy the film To Sir, With Love. It's available on a variety of streaming platforms.
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Rather than number or letter grades, the goal is for students to create a portfolio of their work. I will act as editor, reviewing all writing assisgments and giving substantive and personalized feedback for improvements in their next draft. Students should be prepared to view writing as process in which we continuously improve, rather than falling back on elementary structures or shortcuts.  
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students should be prepared to maturely examine and understand different points of view in text and images. Course material including many different sociological and political themes relevant to our shared history and current political context. 
We'll use a variety of academic, government, and media sources. Students will learn how to evaluate each for quality and credibility. 


Stephanie Carta, B.Sc.
Lives in the United States
College Prep. Courses in Literature and Social Studies
46 total reviews
79 completed classes

About Me

Hi students! I'm Ms. Stephanie Carta. My teaching career began in 2012. I previously taught at a private school that emphasized small group learning. Whether in-person or online, I'm committed to teaching courses that emphasize academic skills... 
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