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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.
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.
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.
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