I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 34 , Sem. 1
We started with our regular 10 minutes of independent reading. By the way, we are getting several new books for our classroom library later this week, which is very exciting! This is thanks to the donations from our Panther Creek community off the wish list on Amazon created in memory of Julie Cogburn. It's not too late to donate -- feel free to contact me if you would like to do so.
After reading time, I briefly introduced our new grammar unit, which is about types of sentences. As a review, we defined and discussed the building blocks of all sentences -- clauses. At this point, everyone should be able to define clause, independent clause, and dependent clause. Tonight, everyone should take the types of sentences pretest, which can be found on Canvas (start on the Calendar and click on today's date to open the assignment, find the link, and submit the results).
Next, I introduced them to the concept of rhetoric and rhetorical appeals using this TED talk video and then asked each group to find/share examples of persuasion in commercials based on logos, ethos, and pathos (it's easiest to find pathos, but all of them are common in advertising, of course). We had fun watching and identifying the type of appeal in each commercial. I then gave them excerpts from three speeches to read. For each one, they had to identify which type of appeal was prominent in the speech and highlight/annotate textual evidence to support their conclusions.
Finally, we watched a video summary of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar is a tragedy with many of the same themes as Oedipus Rex. We are going to examine speeches within that play that use the rhetorical appeals, and students ultimately will write an analysis essay on one of the speeches (from either Brutus or Antony).
Homework tonight: Complete the sentence type pretest and copy/paste the results into the assignment submission box on Canvas. Read the conversation between Cassius and Brutus and identify the claims (arguments) made in each "chunk" (step 2 in the instructions). Remember that the third ACES (modern tragic hero) REVISION is due in the Google Portfolio by the end of the day on Wednesday.
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Allison Houck, MAT