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Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric

Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
Preach! Using Student "Sermons" to Teach Rhetoric
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Uses: Help students understand how to use rhetorical devices by having students write their own sermons in the tradition of Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." This activity pairs well with Enlightenment Era American literature.

Includes: An assignment sheet, an easy-to-use rubric, and a single sheet that combines assignment and rubric (this is the version I use). Tried and tested topic suggestions are also included.

Options: Students can persuade listeners to take an action on a serious issue (forgiveness of loan debt) or can persuade listeners about a funny subject (peanut butter v. jelly). Have students write or type their sermons, loading them with rhetorical devices. They can trade sermons with classmates for analysis and feedback, then they can earn a speaking or presentation grade by standing up and using their voice, posture, and tone to persuade listeners. The audience can become as involved as you would like.

Regardless of how you use this product, students will become quickly engaged in the study of rhetoric. Common Core aligned.

If you enjoyed this resource, check out these other rhetorically compelling texts:

-Thomas Paine's The Crisis No. 1 SOAPSTone, Prompts, and Questions

-"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" SOAPSTone Analysis

-"Speech at the Virginia Convention" Questions, Prompts, and SOAPSTone Analysis

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Included with rubric
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