Juniors: Deepening Our Study of Rhetoric

Last week, the Juniors in Room G17 were reintroduced to concepts of rhetoric that they first encountered as sophomores. Students reviewed the rhetorical situation using the acronym SOAPSTone and rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) as they studied and created advertisements employing the strategies and effectively appealing to purpose and audience. They will have a quiz on this preliminary work in class on Tuesday. For this quiz, students will be given a print advertisement and will identify the rhetorical situation and analyze the advertisement’s use of rhetorical appeals.

We will deepen our study by applying these skills to harder texts: famous speeches from modern history. Students will work in groups to read and analyze these speeches. As the week progresses, students will learn about rhetorical fallacies before starting a short analysis paper on Friday.

This final grade of the quarter will ask students to watch a twenty minute clip from the recent Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Students will analyze the rhetoric employed in the debate by the candidate of their choice, linking their analysis to the candidate’s desire to appeal to a particular audience. This two page essay will be due on Thursday, October 13 on Google Docs and on turnitin.com.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Check in with your child Monday evening to ensure he or she is ready for the quiz on Tuesday. If he or she has any questions, they should e-mail me or stop by my room prior to taking the quiz.
  • Your child will have to complete some preparation work for their paper this weekend. Ensure that they have some prewriting prepared for class on Monday.