Rhetorical Appeals (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) Review Game

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This interactive game helps students review rhetorical appeals (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 an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom.

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. Students compete to shoot baskets into your classroom trash can!

All that you need to play is the ability to project a PowerPoint presentation, a soft ball, dark tape, and a trash can. You may want to encourage students to take notes during the review slides at the beginning of the presentation.

This activity is excellent guided practice after instruction in rhetorical appeals and argumentation. Students should read the texts (which are provided) before playing. Follow the game with independent practice for an even deeper understanding of rhetorical appeals.

This PowerPoint presentation includes the following:

  • concept review
  • game rules for students
  • game play slides
  • teacher instructions
  • answer key

Research shows that students often learn best when they can move, and this activity motivates students further by tapping into their love of sports. Using heterogeneous groups to play a game with friendly competition is an excellent way to meet the needs of all of your students and reward them for their success.

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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.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.
Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”), including how they address related themes and concepts.

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