Give your students practice with identifying and analyzing the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) in excerpts from Presidents’ speeches!
This versatile sorting activity can be used as a true sort or as a collection of examples that can be distributed individually. Use it for introduction, practice, analysis, and assessment.
This product contains 25 short excerpts from past and current Presidents’ speeches. I have also included teaching tips, a master list of the excerpts, and three different student response sheets for variations on the sorting activity. Just print and cut the excerpts apart to create sets of sorting cards. While red and blue are used minimally, all pages will print in grayscale with no loss of content.
✓ Planning and Teaching Tips
✓ Master List of Excerpts (3 pages)
✓ Word and Example Sort Pages (4 pages; includes 25 examples total)
✓ Student Response Sheets (3 pages)
→ Students define ethos, pathos, and logos.
→ Students must make informed decisions about the dominant appeal in each excerpt and justify those decisions.
→ The open-ended nature of this sorting activity starts rich classroom discussions. It can lead into a wide variety of writing assignments.
→ Three different student response sheets provide flexibility in how to use the assignment to meet your students’ needs.
Please note that no key is provided because of the interpretive nature of this activity. Students’ accuracy should be judged based on the quality and accuracy of their justification for their thinking.
It’s easy to use the examples again and again! Laminate them, then punch holes in them and store each set on a binder ring for easy access.
Looking for more rhetorical analysis resources?
Click on the rhetorical analysis category on the left of the screen, or use the links below:
AP Language and Composition Rhetorical Analysis Writing Portfolio</a>
Close Reading Template for Rhetorical and Literary Analysis</a>
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