American Lit: Rhetorical Devices


  • ELAGSE11-12RI5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12L3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12L6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will analyze the various types of persuasive appeals and rhetorical devices and use one to “sell” something to their classmates.

Opening Session
Let’s review this rhetorical devices PowerPoint! You should be taking notes and choosing your favorite 🙂

Work Session
I’m going to put everyone into random groups now. You’ll draw the name of a product from my jar and then group up with the other people who drew the same thing. Your job today is to choose a rhetorical device and create a commercial for the product you have chosen using the best rhetorical device for the job.

Here is the list of products you’ll be selling:

  • hunting rifles
  • deodorant
  • dry erase markers
  • bar soap
  • toilet seats
  • bandaids
  • a Mexican-Sushi fusion restaurant
  • the trailers our classrooms are in

Choose a rhetorical device we’ve talked about and sell your item to the class in a 30-second commercial spot. Don’t tell us the rhetorical device – we should be able to figure it out! We will all present our commercials at the end of class 🙂

Closing Session
VOTE! Which group do you think did the best job selling their item and why?

Formative (persuasive appeals skits)

Learning style (visual, kinesthetic)

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