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Rhetoric: Fitting Words

Rhetoric: Fitting Words
Section A:
08/19/2024 - 05/09/2025
Full Year
1.0 credits in Humanities & Electives
Grades 10-12

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About the course

This course introduces the student to the study of classical Rhetoric from a Christian perspective. It utilizes Fitting Words, a course that provides students with tools of communication to equip them for life. Intended for high school students, Fitting Words is a complete curriculum covering a year of instruction. In this course, students will learn the theory of using words well, study some of the greatest speeches of all time, and practice the skills of effective oratory. Students will watch video lectures from a veteran teacher of rhetoric and logic. Then, they will meet in smaller sections to discuss, practice, and debate the material with Dr. Soderberg and each other.

Course Objectives

  1. To grow in appreciation of how Jesus used words and deeds to persuade others.
  2. To analyze effective, and ineffective, methods of persuasion.
  3. To construct essays, speeches, and debates, and practice the art of persuasion.
  4. To grow in the ability to express words that are true, good, and beautiful.


  • Fitting Words textbook
  • Fitting Words student workbook
  • Fitting Words lectures (DVD or streaming)

About the teacher

Dr. Gregory Soderberg Dr. Gregory Soderberg has taught in Christian schools for 20 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews and an M.A. in Church History from the University of Pretoria.