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AP English Language & Composition
Using SOAPSTONE & Rhetorical Appeals to analyze “I’m convinced men actually have zero interest in stopping abortion. Here’s why…” By Gabrielle Blair - @designmom
FULL DISCLOSURE: This might be too controversial for your classroom community. Please read the original twitter thread before you purchase: https://twitter.com/designmom
This thread contains references to abortion, reproductive rights, orgasms, oral contraception, the withdrawal/pullout method, testicles, vasectomies, as well as features a picture of a wrapped condom.
This 58-tweet thread went viral as a way of looking at abortion and reproductive rights in a different light. The common assumption is that women are mostly responsible for unwanted pregnancies. Gabrielle Blair does a great job of presenting the topic of pregnancy, reproductive rights, and abortion in a different way: It’s the man’s fault. Blair’s arguments are specific and her details are vivid (and sometimes hyperbolic). This is a great thread for reviewing SOAPSTone and pathos, ethos, and logos.
Included: a 30-slide PowerPoint presentation that includes notes on SOAPSTone and Rhetorical Devices (pathos, ethos, logos), as well as screenshots of Blair’s twitter thread. Also included is a handout for students to use for notetaking. The assignment is to analyze Blair’s arguments and write an analysis paragraph of 7-10 sentences. There are two slides for the assignment—one has students taking notes in their composition books and one has them taking notes on the handout. (Delete the slide you don’t need.)
There is no answer key included; students are producing their own analysis using examples from the thread.
The presentation also comes in PDF format.
This is my first time making a presentation in Portrait mode. I did this because it was easier to keep the twitter thread flowing this way. The note slide fonts are a little smaller than I normally use.