This game helps students review rhetorical appeals such as ethos, logos, and pathos in the context of classic speeches and texts. Texts referenced include Sojourner Truth’s “And Ain’t I a Woman?”, Patrick Henry’s “The Speech to the Second Virginia Convention,” Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “On Women’s Rights,” and Frederick Douglass’s “from My Bondage and My Freedom.”
All that you will need is the ability to project a power point presentation, a ball (soft texture), some dark tape, and a trash can. You may want to require students to take notes during the review slides at the beginning of the presentation.
In this game, there are four rounds. In each round, the students must identify the examples from the texts as ethos, logos, or pathos. Additionally, they must provide short explanations for their answers. The full texts (public domain) are provided with the game, and students should read the speeches before playing this game.
Research shows that students often learn best when they can move, and this game motivates them with their love of sports. When you put your students in heterogeneous groups for a game with friendly competition, it is an excellent way to meet the needs of all of your students and reward them for their success.
This activity makes excellent guided practice after instruction for rhetorical appeals and argumentation. Then follow the game with independent practice. Instructions for both students and the teacher are included, along with a key.
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