Augustine confessed that he was “one of those who write because they have made some progressand who, by means of writing, make further progress” in the spiritual life. (Letter 143) JohnNewman said, “writing demands humility”.
The WISDOM Socratic Dialogue Online Program includes a selection of writing courses. At theheart of each of these courses is a particular focus on discovering and expressing truth and beauty.No matter what the subject or content of student writing, all submissions should ultimatelyreflect truth and beauty.
Most writing will not have a religious theme but should reveal thegoodness and wisdom of God. Evil is not glorified. Good triumphs. Lies are exposed.Truth reigns.
WISDOM’s Socratic Dialogue Online Program is one that is built around classic literature andtimeless authors of past centuries. The writing courses mode the great writers whose works havestood the test of time, reveal truth and beauty, are morally solid, have something to teach, andencourage our spiritual life. In WISDOM’s list of books, these qualities can be found in a greatvariety of styles and subject matter. Students are encouraged to hone their writing skills andcreativity by looking carefully at what the masters teach through their writings.
Write to discipline the mind. Write to find humility and ground one’s intellect in God. Write tocreate art. Write to learn. Write to inform. Write to bring pleasure and stimulate the mind intruth. Write to serve. Write to tell a meaningful story. Write because of mission. Write to becomemore human and free.
1. Every paper or report submitted must be the student’s own work. Wording should be thestudent’s own. Quotes from lectures, Internet sources, books, articles, and other writers’phrases or sentences must be “sourced” or stated. Plagiarism is a serious offense; it is thestudent’s responsibility to be aware of what plagiarism is and to avoid it. If a studentplagiarizes, they will be given a single warning and will need to meet certain requirementsgiven by the tutor (eg. submitting work in progress, etc). A second instance of plagiarism willresult in the student being removed from the course.
2. Assignments must be remitted on time. Late assignments will not be graded unless the tutorhas authorized a deadline extension.
3. Content should be of a quality that does not glorify violence, gore, the occult (includingpossession and spells), or any imagery or presentation that diminishes the dignity of thehuman person. Good writing does not rely on explicit depictions of tasteless or immoralcontent. In striving to imitate the great classical writers, students will strive toward highstandards and wholesomeness.
4. Improper language, swearing, or words that insult human dignity will not be accepted in anyWISDOM writing course.
5. Students will be required to follow specific formatting requirements for their assignments. Assignments should be written in black, Times New Roman, size 12 font, and be doublespaced. Assignments should also have a header, aligned to the top left hand corner of the firstpage.
Class, Assignment Number
Due Date of Assignment
Advanced Writing, Assignment 1
September 7, 2017
6. Parents are the primary educator in the home and may decide to grade their child’s writingassignment at any time, informing the tutor of this preference.
7. Tutors may refuse evaluation, grading, or tutorial guidance when presented with writing thatdoes not meet WISDOM criteria.
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