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Advanced Rhetoric & Writing 2: Research Writing (College Prep) (HS 12-2)

Join Part Two of this top-level college-prep writing course and learn how to master advanced argumentative writing and the skills needed to craft research papers. Includes style guide knowledge, how to research, and the upper-level rhetoric required for college writing success.

Total classes: 10

Prerequisite: Students are required to have registered for Advanced Rhetoric & Writing 1: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1)

Alternative Prerequisite: A passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service. Please contact h[email protected] for any questions on permissions.

Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade, as long as the student has the required prerequisites.

Suggested credit: One (1) full semester’s credit for Advanced Writing or English


Would you like to be completely prepared for college writing? When you take this college prep course, you’ll learn advanced research and writing techniques for argumentative research writing, how to craft an advanced research paper, and understanding style guides (APA, CMS/Turabian, MLA, AP) — and become comfortable with the writing skills you’ll use in college-level writing. A bibliography and research paper will be written during the course, and students will learn how to cite sources, use advanced methods of outlining, and master revising, editing, and final draft completion for upper-level academic papers.


Class 1: What is research writing: terms and methods

Class 2: Advanced research methods: using libraries and the internet

Class 3: Style guides and citations: how-to skills

Class 4: Creating a bibliography

Class 5: Creating your outline and thesis: advanced methods

Class 6: Prewriting: styles and completeness

Class 7: Outline with rough-cut proofs

Class 8: The rough draft

Class 9: Revising and editing for excellent

Class 10: Mastering the final draft

Materials and Homework

Course Materials:

Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success, by Erin Brown Conroy:

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Microsoft Word or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required. If you do not own Microsoft Word, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback from the instructor, with an estimated four (4) to five (5) hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes researching, reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

Important Dates

Starting Dates and Times:

Thursdays, January 11 to April 4, 2024. No class Feb. 15, Mar. 7, or Mar. 28 (Holy Thursday)

10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain, 7:00 Pacific)


Fridays, January 12 to April 5, 2024. No class Feb. 16, Mar. 8, or Mar. 29 (Good Friday). 

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

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