This small group activity provides students practice with recognizing examples of ethos, pathos and logos. Groups are given an envelope containing 10 strips, each with a different statement from a student attempting to persuade a teacher to give him or her an extension on an assignment without penalty. One student pulls the slip from the envelope and reads it aloud while the others guess which appeal is being used.
This activity includes
- 10 scenarios and the answers with an explanation for each.
- Directions to tape onto the front of the envelope each group receives.
- A two-sided handout to support students with understanding ethos, pathos and logos. The front side depicts a diagram with definitions and strategies for each of the appeals used to persuade an audience and on the back, sentence stems and banks of academic language associated with each appeal to help students write about them.
- Strategies for learning new vocabulary.
- An explanation of how you might introduce the rhetorical appeals to students if you haven't already and notes on how to facilitate this activity.