Rhetorical Appeals Through Cinema: Engaging Ethos, Pathos, & Logos Activities

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Let's face it, sometimes our rhetoric units aren't the most engaging ones of the year. Students often get bored quickly with historical speeches and other dry informative texts. While it is important to teach these valuable documents, students will definitely appreciate some relevant and exciting teaching materials too. This set of 7 different movie speeches contains the perfect resources you need to get your students actively engaged with persuasive language techniques. By interacting with iconic films, old and new, students will be able to successfully annotate and analyze rhetoric in a way that is academic, real world applicable, and fun all at the same time.

Materials included:

Iconic Speeches from 7 Popular Movies, Including:

1. Coach Boone’s Speech from Remember the Titans

2. Coach Lengyel’s Speech from We Are Marshall (some minor language, edited on worksheet)

3. The U.S President’s Speech from Armageddon

4. William Wallace’s Speech from Braveheart

5. Dumbledore’s Speech from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

6. President Snow’s Speech from Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

7. Diana’s Last Monologue from Wonder Woman

Each speech contains 2 worksheets, which include:

  • A brief summary of the movie
  • An image from the speech scene in the movie
  • A Link to watch the movie clip (please copy and paste the links)
  • A reprinted copy of the speech (full-text)
  • An annotation guide for ethos, pathos, and logos
  • A SOAPSTONE analysis chart
  • Analyzing Rhetorical Appeals Questions (specific for each speech)

***Detailed Answer Keys provided for EACH speech!!***

There are many versatile ways to include this resource in your rhetoric unit! I hope you and your students enjoy!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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