In Cold Blood, TEDTalk: Death Penalty

In Cold Blood, TEDTalk: Death Penalty
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This handout, with key, requires that students analyze a TEDTalk (argument) about the death penalty. They must analyze how the speaker appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos. They must also identify logical fallacies (though specific terminology is not required). They must identify author's purpose and rhetorical strategies.
The TEDTalk covers themes very similar to In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (how an unstable upbringing can "result" in murderers). This source would work well in a synthesis or research essay dealing with the novel or the death penalty.
The speaker is a lawyer, so this is a good segue to page 306 of In Cold Blood where Green pretends to lose his page in the Bible and instead recites the passage from memory (ask: how does the lawyer manipulate the jury/audience?).
The key is written in red, so be sure to delete it before distributing to students. It is an editable Word document, so teachers can add course-specific terminology (like claim, warrant, rebuttal, and other Toulmin Model terms for an AP English Language and Composition course, for example).
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2 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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