How do writers use a variety of techniques and approaches in order to communicate effectively?
How do readers use synthesis and knowledge of rhetorical strategies to determine the credibility of writers?
What makes a text powerful and convincing so that audiences change their perspectives?
How does audience and occasion impact the effectiveness of a speech?
Analyze rhetorical strategies used by writers to convey a position and perspective
Identify and analyze the effectiveness of text structure and recognize writer choices
Convey complex ideas, concepts and information
Evaluate the effectiveness of an argument
Articulate examples of where writers were persuasive using rhetorical strategies
Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his/her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing CCSS.ELA-Literacy. SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choices, points of emphasis, and tone used. College Readiness Standards: TOD 502. Identify the purpose of a word, phrase, or sentence when the purpose is fairly straightforward (e.g., identifying traits, giving reasons, explaining motivations) TOD 503. Determine whether an essay has met a specified goal CLR 703. Draw logical conclusions in complex passages CLR 705. Draw complex or subtle logical conclusions, often by synthesizing information from different portions of the passage WME 602. Interpret virtually any word or phrase as it is used in more challenging passages, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings TST 701. Analyze how one or more sentences in passages relate to the whole passage when the function is subtle or complex PPV 701. Identify or infer a purpose in complex passages and how that purpose shapes content and style EXJ 601. Show advanced understanding of the persuasive purpose of the task by taking a position on the specific issue in the prompt and offering a critical context for discussion
Martin Luther King Junior I Have A Dream speech video/audio
Opinion Editorials from The New York Times provided by teacher
Scenes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar of Brutus and Antony’s speeches
Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle
Annotation guide made by teacher for rhetorical annotations