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Rhetorical Analysis Task Cards for Any Text

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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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These rhetorical analysis task cards cover speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, rhetorical devices, and more. Plus, these cards work with any piece of nonfiction text.

There are two sets of task cards each included in this resource. The first set includes 8 task cards. This set is designed to quickly have students rhetorically analyze a text using the SOAPStone method. The second set includes 32 task cards that are ideal for analyzing a text with more depth.

Included in this resource are four sets of student directions for differentiation. These directions work for groups or individuals. Furthermore, one set of directions adds more rigor by requiring students to support their answers with a quote from the text.

This resource also includes two different answer recording sheets, and suggested ways to use task cards in the classroom.

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Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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