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Rhetorical Triangle Word and Example Sort: Sports Edition

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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  1. Help your students develop close reading and rhetorical analysis skills with this discounted bundle of organizers, activities, and assessments!This bundle helps you teach rhetorical analysis to ALL students. -Support close reading skills with Costa's Levels of Questioning, close reading organizers,
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  2. Engage your students in rhetorical analysis with three sorting activities. Students will learn the vocabulary of the appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) and devices (25 total), then identify and analyze them in snippets of text from Presidents, sports professionals, and Shakespeare's works. Buy all three
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Give your students practice with identifying and analyzing the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) in quotes from sports professionals! 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. You can easily differentiate as you teach your students to define and identify the rhetorical triangle.

This product contains 25 quotes from past and present athletes. You'll also get teaching tips, a master list of the quotes, and three different student response sheets for variations on the sorting activity. Just print and cut the quotes apart to create sets of sorting cards. While colors are used minimally, all pages will print in grayscale with no loss of content.

What’s included:

•Planning and Teaching Tips

•Sports Quotations Master List (KEY)

•Version #1: Jigsaw/12 quotes (easier matching)

•Version #2: No Hints (harder matching)

•Three Student Response 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.

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

Close Reading Template for Rhetorical and Literary Analysis

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Total Pages
17 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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