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Monday, September 9, 2019

Homeschool Review Crew - College Ready Writing Essentials from BetterRhetor

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I was thrilled to get a chance to review College-Ready Writing Essentials™ from BetterRhetorIt is a self-guided online resource. I received the Full Package with lifetime access.

What is BetterRhetor?

I received the Full Package. There is also a Premium Package available which some of the review crew members are reviewing, so be sure to check the link at the end of this review to read what they had to say as well. I think the main difference is that the Premium Package provides you grading your work along with feedback.

The target audience is high school juniors or seniors as well as those who have recently graduated and are headed to college.

BetterRhetor aims to bridge the gap between middle and high school writing and college-ready writing skills where you are more likely to need to know how to write persuasively and informatively. The course also stresses the importance of knowledge, skills, behaviors, and awareness. It fully encompasses the rhetoric stage of learning.

Writing also impacts the world around us and how we are perceived by others. Writing effectively means that we are able to advance our own interests and objectives even beyond college.

The creative genius behind the program is Dr. William Bryant, PhD. He used to be the Director of Writing Assessments at ACT. Aha! I'm sure you've heard of ACT - The college academic achievement test. Dr. Bryant was responsible for coming up with prompts and scoring student essays for the ACT Writing Test.


How Did We Use It?

First, I'm always curious why a product is named the way it is. So, I had to find out what BetterRhetor meant. Was it someone's name. No, the person behind the program is Dr. Bryant. Is it a foreign word for Writer? Not really. What I discovered is that a rhetor is an orator. In writing, this refers to rhetoric. Rhetoric is the study of how writers and speakers use words to influence audiences. A rhetorical analysis is an essay that takes a non-fiction work and breaks it apart to explain how each part works together to create a specific effect. This could be to persuade, entertain, or to inform.
I had my eyes on this review more for myself than my high school senior.

What is college writing? It is not filling out worksheets and writing prompts. It involves persuasive and informational writings. It's conducting solid research and coming up with an argument, which often differs from your own opinion or present facts in a well-written way. It involves in-depth thinking and legitimate research skills.

I took the free mini-course and received the full curriculum to review. The full curriculum consisted of 25 lessons that I read and then marked as complete. At the end of the lessons, there are worksheets to download and complete. It is intended to be used at a pace of about 5 lessons per week to complete in 5 weeks. However, you can go at your own pace. Additionally, there is a section on Key Terms and one on the Culture of College Academics. The lessons are broken down into major concept headlines as:

Overview - Lesson 1
Planning - Lesson 2-11
Drafting - Lesson 12-19
Revising - Lesson 20-23
Finalizing - Lesson 24-25
Bonus Resources (Key Terms and the Culture of College Academics)

Lesson 24 provides an evaluation form for the instructor to make it easier to evaluate and grade the essay.

What Did We Think?

I thought the course covered in good detail what a student needs to be college-ready in regard to their writing skills. I really like how the student can take his or her time completing each section and that it is presented in a written format to emphasize the importance and style of proper writing skills.


Read what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought by clicking on the picture below:

College-Ready Writing Essentials™ {BetterRhetor Reviews}

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1 comment:

  1. good review, you gave me ideas to improve my own review. :)