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Introduction to Rhetoric

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Keywords: Julius Caesar, Aristotle, Rhetoric, Commentary, Persuasive Essay
Subject(s): English/Language Arts
Grade P-K
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: West Morris Central High Sch, Chester, NJ
Planned By: Natalie Vazquez
Original Author: Natalie Vazquez, Chester
Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis
Read and discuss Aristotle excerpt on Rhetoric.
View short video clip on use of Ethos, Pathos & Logos in advertising.
Read Article on Rhetorical Appeals (optional)
Rhetorical Principles Slides (Homework listed on last slide)
Answer questions and complete exercise on Rhetoric & Appeals.
Rhetorical Analysis of Antony’s speech.
Break students into 4 groups.
Groups will each read an excerpt of Antony’s speech to the Plebeians.
In groups, students will annotate and discuss the passage
Students compose commentary essays using a rhetorical analysis of Antony’s speech.
A video to this lesson can be viewed here:

My assignment to teh students can be viewed here:
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This can be taught for any persuasive essay
Students wrote a commentary essay.
Materials: Whiteboards, Video Cameras, Flip Video, Projectors, Projector Screens, Video Tools, English/Language Arts