I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
After 10 minutes of reading time, we conducted a study of the three elements of persuasion: logos, ethos, and pathos. Students read a brief synopsis of one of the elements, searched our sample hero nomination letter for evidence of the appeal, and explained the appeal and the examples to other students in their group. Then, I surveyed students on an appeal they learned from someone else, using PollEverywhere, and we discussed how to enhance these elements in the students' own letter planning and writing. Next, we watched a video introducing the story of Oedipus Rex and the concept of Tragedy. Students took notes on the five elements of tragedy introduced in the video, then read a news article about Lance Armstrong to determine if he fit the concept. Finally, I gave students a copy of Aristotle's explanation of tragedy for them to paraphrase as homework.
Homework: Finish outline for nomination letter by completing introduction and conclusion and by adding persuasive elements to body paragraphs. Finish paraphrasing the six aspects of tragedy by Aristotle.
Minutes of reading this week: 50
Allison Houck, MAT