When you are passionate about a topic, it is easy to speak and write with pathos (emotion); however, to persuade a listener or reader to support your stand, you must also employ ethos (credibility) and logos (logic) in your writing.
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This activity combines lessons on research and rhetorical devices. Students choose from a list of contemporary societal concerns:
• Women’s Reproductive Rights
• Ending Violence
• LGBTQIA Rights
• Workers’ Rights
• Civil Rights
• Disability Rights
• Immigrant Rights
• Environmental Justice
There are instructions for researching, narrowing the topic, creating a thesis statement, organizing an outline, taking notes on note cards (with illustrations), evaluating online sources, generating a Works Cited, incorporating in-text citations, using rhetorical devices, and preparing and delivering a speech.
There are 21 pages:
7 pages of instructions
5 pages of examples of rhetorical devices
2 scoring rubrics (written component/speech)
5 pages of a tool that I created to evaluate the legitimacy of online sources using the acronym, SPATULAS to “scoop up and flip over” online sources to evaluate their reliability:
This activity is available separately in my store too.
This is a relevant and timely activity with contemporary topics and an examination of how rhetoric can be identified and scrutinized.
Thank you for your consideration.