Every day, in every culture, among every population, communication is happening. Communication has been happening since the beginning of human kind. At some point in human evolution, a primitive being needed to convince his or her fellow cave folk to think or feel a particular way in order to get what he wanted. As humans evolved, some of the greatest thinkers in the Western world began to study the communication methods and techniques humans use to persuade others to get what we want. The art and study of using language effectively became known as rhetoric. Today, more than ever, when more people have a facebook account than a toothbrush (source), the ability to understand how and why information is communicated is indispensable. This is one of the many reasons English 10 students at Kingsford High School will study rhetoric.
Unit Goal, Objectives, and Standards
Students will engage with texts that have persuasive power and examine how argument is created. The variety of texts will allow students to evaluate the impact of occasion and audience upon the use of rhetorical appeals in a variety of media. Through this unit, students will come to understand the immeasurable power of words and language and develop an understanding of the subtle yet important differences between argument, persuasion, and propaganda. Text Use: Examine how argument is created and evaluate the impact of occasion and audience upon the use of rhetorical appeals in a variety of texts and media Reading: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7, RI.9-10.8, RI.9-10.9, RI.9-10.10 Writing: W.9-10.1a-e, W.9-10.2a-f, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, W.9-10.7, W.9- 10.8, W.9-10.9, W.9-10.10 Speaking and Listening: SL.9-10.1a-d, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.3, SL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.5, SL.9- 10.6 Language: L.9-10.1a-b, L.9-10.2a-c, L.9-10.3, L.9-10.4a, L.9-10.5a-b, L.9-10.6
The information in this unit was compiled with great reliance on the following source: Louisianabelieves.com
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Rhetorical Analysis Student Presentation
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