Rhetorical Analysis Workbook: A Complete Digital + Print Unit

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I am a first year teacher, and teaching during a pandemic. This unit was extremely helpful to me, and helped me cut down on my planning time extensively.
I have been teaching rhetoric for years and these activities are awesome. I especially liked the plot diagram.
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Teach the rhetorical triangle, the rhetorical situation, and persuasive appeals with success!

Students will study ethos, pathos, and logos with engaging, interactive activities, and they will practice reading and analyzing famous speeches by diverse speakers and applying the appeals to their own writing and speaking situations.

Activities + Resources Included:

  • A Color Story Tone Assignment
  • Establishing Ethos Activity
  • Appealing to Pathos Activity
  • Pathos Task Cards
  • Appealing to Logos Activity
  • Rhetorical Triangle Collaborative Poster + video tutorial for compiling
  • Editable page to add any text for analysis
  • Editable Final Assessment (An Appealing Speech Assignment)
  • Editable Assessment Rubric for Final Speech
  • Detailed Pacing Guide
  • Detailed Teacher Directions

Texts Included:

  • President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  • Elizabeth I's Tilbury Speech
  • Lou Gehrig's Farewell Address
  • Phillis Wheatley's Letter to George Washington
  • Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"
  • President Obama's Final Tweets from @POTUS
  • Representative Lewis's 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Speech
  • Susan B. Anthony's On Women's Right to Vote Speech
  • Add ANY text on the editable text page

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3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.


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