Looking for an engaging text to use for a rhetorical analysis? I love using Namit Arora's "On Eating Animals." In the attached plans I include teacher instructions, instructions for the student analysis, a preparatory analysis sheet, and part of Arora's essay (which can easily be found online).
Arora's essay takes an emotional look at the cruelty endured by animals (made for slaughter). His appeals to pathos are obvious and vivid. His use of juxtaposition, comparison, and interesting diction/syntax all provide great material for students to discuss. The article will engage students intellectually and emotionally--it worked really well in my Comp I classes at the university level. Great class discussions follow the next day! Please also see my rhetorical analysis assignment of "Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day" which is even more fun!
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