Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice Cuomo v. Conway interview

Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice   Cuomo v. Conway interview
Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice   Cuomo v. Conway interview
Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice   Cuomo v. Conway interview
Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice   Cuomo v. Conway interview
Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice   Cuomo v. Conway interview
Persuasive Tools: Sentence Structure & Word Choice   Cuomo v. Conway interview
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This is an English/Government/Journalism lesson focused on analyzing word choice and sentence structure as persuasive tools in an interview of Kellyanne Conway conducted by Chris Cuomo on CNN on August 4, 2017.

Activity Purpose

I noticed some people seem to be impressed by what Kellyanne Conway has been doing within interviews with journalists. Where the people she is representing are often more direct, she is speaking in persuasive ways that dodge, distract, inform, and redirect both the interviewer and the viewers. Andrew Cuomo is particularly effective at not allowing Kellyanne Conway dictate the route of the discussion.

Contents:

This lesson uses a transcript of a 12 minute interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN where he tries to do some investigative journalism. Some journalists have been befuddled or taken for (or "dunked on", as some say) which is unacceptable for a journalist. Journalists need to retain their integrity and credibility, even when speaking to belligerent, reckless, conniving, or otherwise less than well-meaning people.

The middle section uses an Allyn and Bacon text called Angle of Vision, which explains how a writer (or speaker) can use many tactics to persuade an audience. It gives 4 main tactics and explains them briefly.

The last 2 pages require students to analyze the connotations of specific words and phrases, and to break down the structure of 2 sentences.

How to teach it:

  1. Announce that today class will be working on persuasive tools. The main question is "how do the speakers persuade"
  2. Pass out the transcipt to the interview, and Show the Interview (0:00-12:00)
  3. Ask the students what the MAIN CLAIMS were from Cuomo and Conway, identify three for each on the board, then pass out the two pages that explain the persuasive tools
  4. Read aloud or explain the tools from the sheet, which includes an analysis of how a writer's angle of vision is created using 4 tools, including word choice and sentence structure
  5. Return back to the transcript, Work through the first page on the overheard, circling key phrases and sentences, and annotating how these are effective at getting the speaker's goal across
  6. Hand out the 2 worksheets at the end that will be working on connotation and sentence structure
  7. Walk around and help students finish these worksheets, using the answer key to check their work. Answers will vary.

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