Juniors: Transcendentalism Unit Test and Introduction to Rhetoric

On Monday, the Juniors in Room G17 will conclude their unit on Transcendentalism with a unit test. Students received the prompt for this test in class on Friday and were tasked with preparing for the assessment over the weekend. For this assessment students will either create a mind map or write two paragraphs explaining the relationship amongst the major themes of Transcendentalism. Students may use their class texts, notes, and previous quizzes on the assessment. Students will receive their graded assessments in class on Wednesday.

Starting Tuesday, the Juniors will begin their study of rhetoric. While introduced to these concepts as Sophomores, they will continue to build their understanding this year. This week, students will be reminded of the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) and will learn about the rhetorical situation. Students will apply their learning through the analysis of commercials and print advertisements and through the creation of their own advertisements in small groups.

Parents, what can you do to help?

  • Check in with your child tonight or tomorrow morning. Have they prepared for their Transcendentalism Unit Test on Monday?
  • As you watch television and listen to the radio with your child throughout the week, engage in discussion about rhetoric. How are the advertisements you consume each week appealing to your emotions, your sense of logic, and your desire for a credible source?