Letter from Birmingham Jail RHETORICAL ANALYSIS Lesson | Martin Luther King Jr

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10th - 12th, Higher Education
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Explore Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" with this Rhetorical Analysis lesson and Rogerian Argument graphic organizer. Includes digital worksheets! Suitable for AP Language and Composition and senior English Language Arts classes.




Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter From Birmingham Jail" is a great text to practice rhetorical analysis and study the Rogerian argument. This resource includes a slideshow lesson for Microsoft PowerPoint® and Google Slides® with accompanying Rhetorical Situations worksheets.

To access the Google Slides® slideshow, simply drag and drop the PowerPoint® file to your Google Drive®, right-click, and open with Google Slides®. There is also a force-copy link within this resource.

This slideshow will guide your students through a lesson on rhetorical situations, including Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle (ethos, logos, and pathos). Students will also learn about the SOAPSTone acronym for analyzing any text. The slideshow lesson includes a link to a video that your students will analyze using the SOAPSTone acronym; to view it, make sure that your browser is up-to-date.

Students will also be introduced to the structure of the Rogerian argument. To practice, they will apply this structure to Martin Luther King Jr's letter using the Rogerian argument graphic organizer.

As always, answer keys have been provided to consolidate these worksheets and activities.

For classrooms utilizing Google Classroom®, digital versions of these worksheets have also been included. Simply follow the instructions provided within the resource.

I use this resource every year with my AP Language and Composition students; however, higher-level English classes will also benefit from understanding the Rogerian argument model and enjoy the challenge of rhetorical analysis.

To assess close reading and comprehension of "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Mondays Made Easy also offers Bell Ringer Reading Quizzes for this text.

You might also be interested in Mondays Made Easy's Literary Analysis Resources.


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Total Pages
59 Pages, 1 PowerPoint® Slideshow, 1 Google Slides® Slideshow, 2 Google Slides® Worksheets
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.


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