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Ethos, Pathos, Logos: Understanding and Writing with Rhetorical Appeals

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Argument and Persuasive Writing Strategies: This common core mini-unit includes everything you need to teach your middle and high school students about the different, effective persuasive and argumentative writing strategies.

There are TWO different files in the zipped download.

- An editable, 37 slide PowerPoint

- A PDF document with supplementary materials.

The PowerPoints teach students about Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, as well as other persuasive writing strategies. It also includes a mini quiz during the lesson.

The supplementary material includes:

- Suggested lesson plan calendar

- NEW: Ethos Pathos Logos Doodle Notes

- NEW: Rhetorical Triangle Doodle Organizer

- Two informational text activities for individual or group practice

- 3 full-text informational passages (The Gettysburg Address, Chief Joseph's surrender speech, and Lou Gehrig's Farewell to Baseball speech)

- NEW: Writing with appeals activity

- Argumentative essay handout

- Thesis graphic organizer

- Counterclaim graphic organizer

- Essay outline

- Peer edit form

- Argumentative essay rubric

- NEW: Suggested answer keys for three speeches

This resource is included in these two bundles:

Ultimate Writing Bundle for Secondary English

Ultimate Argument Writing Bundle (Grades 7-12)

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Annotating Text Made Easy - CCSS aligned

Introduction to Argumentative Writing: a CCSS aligned mini-unit

Understanding Logical Fallacies - CCSS aligned

Keywords: CCSS, common core, informational texts, informational text, information text lesson, Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Argumentative Writing Unit, Argument Writing, Argument Essay, Argumentative Essay

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37 slides, 15
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”), including how they address related themes and concepts.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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