Steve Jobs & Real World Rhetoric Analysis, Grad Speech, PDF & Google Drive CCSS

Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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4-page PDF + Google App version of question sheet; 2 slides
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Show your students a real-world application of the tools of rhetoric (ethos, pathos, and logos) as they examine the 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address given by Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs. The speech, which is filled with warmth, humor, and meaning, is a high-interest way to add the non-fiction analysis skills emphasized by the Common Core to your classroom.

Students will learn the components of Aristotle’s rhetorical devices, view Jobs’ speech via a 14-minute video clip, and use a full-text transcript of his words to answer/discuss depth-of-knowledge questions. (Links for media included.) The worksheet questions require students to dig deep into the text as they support their answers about Jobs’ message and his skillful use of ethos, pathos, and logos. Finally, students will make personal connections to the issues raised by Jobs, which always make for compelling class discussions.

The materials, which will take a full hour to work through, include:

• Detailed lesson directions with helpful tips

• Two-slides (in Powerpoint, Google Slides, and SMARTBoard’s Notebook software format) to use as a mini-lesson about Aristotle’s tools of rhetoric

• A 5-minute video of lecturer notes to use as prep for the slide presentation (link included)

• A transcript of the speech (link included)

• A 14-minute video of Jobs’ speech (link included)

• A short answer set of questions that will help students identify and analyze the elements of the speech

• An answer key to make for easy grading and to help guide class discussion

This material (a total of two slides, four pages of PDF content + Google Slides version of the student handout, and multimedia links) is appropriate for sixth through 12th grade students.

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Total Pages
4-page PDF + Google App version of question sheet; 2 slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “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”).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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