28 September: Rhetorical Appeals & Strategies


I can discuss and differentiate between rhetorical appeals and begin analyzing how a variety of structures can be particularly appealing and persuasive to an audience (SL 1 & RI 1).

Entry Task:

As you come into class, prepare to play a round of Booket to focus on vocabulary list 1.

After our game, grab your binder, and once you are settled back in your seat, discuss with a neighbor the following scenario:

You have one extra copy of the class notes from yesterday’s math lesson. Three of your friends ask to use it during today’s pop quiz. The first friend says you should give it to them because they gave you their notes last week. The second friend says you should give it to them because they only missed yesterday’s class because they had to take their sick mother to the hospital. The third friend is the kindest person in the class and simply asks for it. Who do you give the notes to and why? Be prepared to share with the class.

*Teacher Note: Have students group up around the room based on the decision they made. Have some students share their reasoning from each group. Allow students to make a new choice based on the discussion.

What’s Going On:

Today we will overview rhetorical appeals and a variety of rhetorical structures we see examples of throughout the unit.

It is important to understand that authors employ these rhetorical appeals in a variety of ways. This is part of their style. When we analyze a piece of writing or a speech for style, we are ultimately picking it apart to understand and critique how the text may or may not appeal to the audience. We need to expand our rhetorical vocabulary to help us discuss a text on an academic level, so we will overview a selection of rhetorical strategies to add to your tool box.

After overviewing these strategies, we will practice identifying their use and understanding their definitions by playing Rhetorical BINGO in small groups.

Exit Task:

Place your Rhetorical Appeals and Structures packet in your notebook behind your new Interconnectedness unit tab. You are not expected to commit this information to memory; instead, use this packet as a tool to return to often as we analyze a variety of texts throughout the unit.