Is self-defense a reasonable claim when a shipwreck victim kills and eats a fellow unlucky passenger? Is a burrito a sandwich? Do you have to disclose that your home is haunted before you sell it? 

These are some of the many bizarre legal cases we'll look at while reading selections from How Would You Rule? by Daniel Park. 

Along the way, we'll practice foundational composition skills by writing four multi-draft essays in a variety of forms and topics. 

At the same time, we'll be discussing ethics, logic, and the law. 

Gain Key Academic Writing Foundations

Students will learn foundational academic writing skills including brainstorming, organization, revision, formatting, and proofreading. 

Guided Class Flexibility 

This is a guided class, which means there are no live meetings, but there is student-teacher interaction and weekly due dates for assignments. This format works well for students who don’t enjoy live, on-camera sessions or who have unpredictable weekly schedules. 

Students can interact with the instructor and each other via our class Discord channel.

Practice Writing as a Process

Most importantly, students will compose four multi-draft papers with individual video feedback on rough drafts and the opportunity to revise a final draft.

Ages: 13-18

Class Size: 3-10 Learners

Dates: January 16-April 23, 2023

No Live Meetings; Learners Have Weekly Due Dates


To participate successfully in class, learners will need the following:

  • A copy of How Would You Rule? by Daniel Park (ISBN 978-0-520-29058-7 or 979-8676867294) (Please note: There are two editions of this book from different publishers. Either one is fine for this class.) (used copies are fine; borrowed/library copies are acceptable but it’s preferable for learners to have their own copy so they can take notes in it)
  • Internet access
  • Headphones/speakers
  • PDF Reader
  • Zoom (free account)
  • Learners will submit work through Google Drive (a Google (Gmail) account can be acquired for free)

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