This project will deepen your students’ understanding of the Julius Caesar text (specifically Act III, Scene ii’s funeral speech) by allowing students to annotate and analyze short passages while providing them the main focus elements and questions for analysis. The provided sample essays also guide teachers through an analysis of each section of the text to allow more confident and quick assessments of student work. Divide students into small groups or have them work individually. With a rubric for each option, the decision is yours.
Because I use Julius Caesar primarily as a resource to study rhetoric, I use this project as a formal evaluation at the end of my Julius Caesar unit. It clearly demonstrates to me who has acquired the analysis and writing skills that we have consistently practiced up until this point. It could work just as well in the middle of your Julius Caesar unit or as a stand-alone rhetorical analysis project.
For an additional resource, download my free Analyzing Nonfiction / Rhetorical Analysis Poster to give students a structure to perform good rhetorical analysis. It’s fun to tell students to TEPE a text.
-An 18-line sample annotation (for students)
-A three-paragraph sample analysis essay (for students)
-Eight 14- to 19-line divided sections for analysis,
-Eight 2-3 paragraph responses to assist teachers with evaluations
-An expanded TEPE chart for student use in writing rhetorical analysis essays
-Includes sample format, example, and explanations
-Two 100-point rubrics
-Individual assignment AND Group assignment rubric provided
-Full text of each of the eight divided sections for student annotations
-Included on each annotation passage is a required technique/element and question(s) to be answered within the analysis essay
Rhetorical Techniques Identified and Analyzed:
Antithesis (In Sample)
False Dilemma (In Sample)
Litotes (In Sample)
Parallelism (In Sample)
Appeals (logical, emotional, credibility)
Additional Rhetorical Identifications:
Speaker’s Intended Effect
Citing Source Material
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