World Lit: Taking a Stand on Legal Issues

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI8 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. 

Learning Target: I can analyze the use of rhetorical appeals in an argument and compare and contrast how different writers approach a subject or issue. 

Opening Session: Take a look at this banned commercial and tell me, do you think this is an appeal to ethos, pathos, or logos? 

Work Session: Today we’re going to be looking at different types of rhetorical appeals. This should mostly be review from what we did while talking about Antony’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech, but it’ll be some good practice at identifying which type of appeal is being used. While I was in a training class learning how to teach you guys using Springboard, my table of teachers actually disagreed on what kind of appeals were being used here – so you can see it’s not always clear-cut! 

We will be doing activity 2.14 in your book, starting on page 190. We’re going to read “On Surrender at Bear Paw Mountain, 1877” and “On Women’s Right to Vote”. These are two short texts that use different rhetorical appeals throughout. Afterwards, we will have a brief discussion on the different rhetorical appeals for review, and then I want you to do the “Writing to Sources: Explanatory Text” prompt on page 193. 

Closing Session: TOTD: which rhetorical appeal do you think is MOST effective on you personally? 

Assessment: Informal (Book check) 

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding) 


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