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Scoundrels, Villains, Traitors - Speak Out! Show Them Up in Style (Ages 9-13)

A Single-Session Progymnasmata Class on How To Write an Invective (an accusatory speech of blame), one of the classic traditional 'Middle School' Liberal Arts exercises, taught by Leon Conrad
Leon Conrad
218 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 18 learners
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75 minutes
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year olds
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Participants will learn about the invective genre, its history, its main proponents, and the ways in which these types of speeches have been used at different times.
They will develop writing skills that include topoi such as listing negative actions (or failures to act), citing unfavourable comparisons, and exploring cause/effect relationships; anecdotal stories; and rhetorical devices beyond similes, personification, metaphor, series of three, etc, focusing on emotional tropes such as Amphidiorthosis (modifying a charge made in anger), Anacoenosis (asking the opinion of listener or reader), Bdelygma (expressing abhorrence), Cataplexis (threatening punishment or disaster), Ecphonesis (using an emotional exclamation), and Ominatio (prophesying evil).
They will develop an appreciation of genre-specific writing.
They will produce a short original invective as a learning outcome on this course.
No specific HW is set for this class.
As outlined in the class description above, participants are encouraged to develop their work further and produce a high quality illustrated written or digital version of their encomium based on the work they have done in this class.
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Participants will need a standard stationery kit (writing implements, ruler, paper, eraser), and drawing tools (drawing pens, coloured pens or paints, or supplies relating to any other form of artwork they wish to use to illustrate or create their fable, e.g. paper crafting, felt work, embroidery, paper sculpture, or animation). They will need access to a scanner or camera to submit digital scans or photos of work, and an over-ear gaming-type set of headphones with built-on microphone and a noise-cancelling feature is recommended for best audio quality for communication in classes. Please note that unless students have a very good reason not to have their video on during class, I expect students to be visible and participate actively in classes I teach. The digital classroom is a social space shaped by our intentions and our activity - and I encourage participants to actively build the kind of space they feel comfortable in, and to actively work on creating a space in which others can also feel comfortable being and acting in. Outschool does provide a 'verification' system for those who have good reasons not to participate visually, and I will respect and support that fully. Please consult for further information and contact '' at least a week before the start of your first class to allow time for the verification process to be completed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No formal assessment is included, but participants are given individual support during key segments of the class, focusing mainly on their guided work, and, where necessary, are coached to boost their performance in the individual segments.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The focus of the class is to condemn the despicable and heinous acts of villains. I make the point of distinguishing between the substance of a person and their actions. Everyone is capable of actively doing evil, or choosing not to do good. In the worst cases, they do so knowingly. The focus of this class - as in the classic tradition it is based on - is on treating these people's actions as bad examples definitely not to be emulated. 


Leon Conrad
Lives in the United Kingdom
A traditional tutor who enjoys inspiring students with a love for learning
218 total reviews
226 completed classes

About Me

Hello, and welcome! Please call me Leon. I'm based in London, UK where I live with my wife, Tanya and dog Tally. I tutor in the best tradition of the British education system, drawing on a long-standing integrated and integrating liberal arts... 
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