This is a lesson that I do with my students when we first start learning about rhetoric and rhetorical devices in non-fiction and speeches. This line of questioning helps them determine the purpose of the piece, and the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the argument--I use short presidential speeches to introduce these ideas (on the speech side), and any article or essay (on the non-fiction side).
You will receive two types of worksheets with the same prompts on them: one is a chart form, and the other is more of a linear question/answer format. There is one set for use with articles, and one set for use with speeches. The chart format and the linear format in each set includes the same questions--I just wanted to offer some variety of style.
As a bonus, I have also included a short evaluation form that I use when we initially watch speeches. You could also use these for student evaluation (so all students are engaged while someone is giving a speech). I have students discuss their ratings and comments after each speech to encourage academic discourse.
You could use this in conjunction with my One Week Argument Project
once your students are more versed in rhetoric.
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