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Rhetorical Devices in Political Speeches
9th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Have you ever watched a political speech and felt your heart beat a little faster, and your opinion either solidify or begin to slightly change? Rhetorical devices can be a strong tool in an effective and powerful speech. A short lesson...
Test Review Sheet: Collection 8 & Rhetorical Devices
8th - 9th
Challenge your literary analysts with this test review sheet. Learners identify rhetorical devices and parallel structure in addition to defining literary devices and vocabulary. While there is no test included, this could be used as a...
Analyze Rhetoric to Determine an Author's Point of View
6 mins 11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Ethos, pathos, and logos are used by authors when they are working to persuade. Your pupils can analyze a text for its use of rhetoric by following the model here. The video focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois' use of pathos in The Souls of Black...
Prose Styles: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy
9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Take a walk on the rhetorical side with this presentation, which discusses three styles of prose: tough (ethos), sweet (pathos), and stuffy (logos). The slide show provides thorough definitions and examples of each style, as well as...
Rhetorical Devices in a Primary Source
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Analyze Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous and powerful "I Have a Dream" speech as a primary source document. After reading up on rhetorical devices and working in small groups to define terms, class members identify and explain the use of...
Can the World be a Fair and Just Place?
5th - 7th CCSS: Designed
Use famous orators of the past to teach rhetoric to your middle schoolers. In groups, they examine speeches by Malcolm X, Barack Obama, and John F. Kennedy, creating and presenting Wordsplashes to display keywords and their stance on...
AP® English Language and Composition: Using Documentary Film as an Introduction to Rhetoric
10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewRhetoric is the key to character. Scholars work through four activities using documentary films to complete rhetoric analysis. Learners participate in writing a note to a friend and then analyze their own writing. They also view clips...