This class focuses on the writing process and builds the skills needed to present a closely-reasoned logical argument. Class sessions will discuss examples of good writing and well-developed arguments. Students will write 1.5-2 page papers each week which focus on a different ‘claim’ to support their argument – Claim of Fact, Claim of Value, and Claim of Policy. As each short paper is submitted, the instructor will suggest changes and edits. Using this feedback, students revise each claim essay and then combine these short papers into a final 5-6 page essay.
Instructor: Andrew Robles, M.A.
Age Level: 14 – 18
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Meets: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific, for 4 weeks, July 13 – August 5
Textbooks and Materials:
Provided by the Instructor
Andrew Robles, M.A.
Andrew Robles earned a B.A. in History at UC Irvine, and an M.A. in English at Cal Poly Pomona. He has taught English Literature and Composition and Critical Thinking at various colleges in Southern California. He also works in academic support at Citrus College in Glendora, California, specializing in tutoring, testing, online learning, and writing strategies. As an instructor, Andrew’s goal is to impart to students the importance of constructing arguments utilizing classical logical and rhetorical methods while considering opposing viewpoints. In addition to teaching, Andrew is a published writer and a musician. He currently lives in El Segundo, CA with his wife and two-year-old son.