I am so excited for my how my 4th Term is shaping up. Every year I dread teaching Argument. I just don’t have a real passion for it. Maybe it is the argument essay. I am trying to find real value in having the students write argument essays. Now the principles behind this type of writing are valuable—being able to make a claim and back it up with evidence. But I also feel it is important to be able to analyze other people’s arguments and their use of Rhetoric and Logical Fallacies.
I found some really great lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers for teaching Rhetoric, Logical Fallacies, and Rhetorical Analysis.
I am planning on spending 3 class periods going over Rhetoric with my 9th graders.
Day 1: we are going over the definitions of ethos, pathos, and logos. Then I find a babysitter nah if commercials on YouTube, and we watched to identify how they used Rhetoric to persuade us to buy the product, donate money, vote for a candidate, or make a change.
Day 2: I downloaded Julie Falukner's Rhetroic Escape Room from Teachers Pay Teachers. It is so much fun. My students had a blast learning and reinforcing what we learned the day before.
Day 3: I want students to apply rhetoric by reading speeches and identifying rhetoric in a written language. So I found another great resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. OCBeach Teacher has a fun activity where the students play trashketball and identify Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in different speeches.
I am planning on spending 4 class periods with my students learning and practicing Logical Fallacies. I found a wonderful Logical Fallacies resource from The Daring English Teacher on Teachers Pay Teachers. I needed to tweak the resource to fit with the logical fallacies we are focusing on.
Day 4 and 5: We are going to go over the fallacies and learn the definitions and come up with different examples of the fallacies. I am also going to give my students a quiz to see if they understand rhetoric.
Day 6: I am going to have my students do a logical fallacy scavenger hunt. I haven't decided if I want them to look at political campaign ads or look at ads in magazines. It will all depend on if I can get access to technology. We will be starting state testing in my school, so technology will not be as readily available.
**UPDATE: I decided to go to livingroomcandidate.org and have my students view Presidential Campaign Ads used since 1952 and find examples of the logical fallacies being used.
Day 7: I love The Daring English Teacher's activity in her Logical Fallacy resource where the kids play BINGO with the examples they came up with during our lecture.
Day 8: Test Day--Finally it will be test day!
Once we get done with going over the basics of rhetoric and logical fallacies, it will be time for my class to take our end of year test. When we finish, I will be starting The Daring English Teacher's Rhetorical Analysis with Sticky Notes unit. We will finish it up by writing a mini Rhetorical Analysis. It will be a 3 paragraph mini-essay where the students will write a summary of the speech, and analyze the use of Rhetorical devices and appeals in the article. The will take us to the end of May and the end of the school year.
I used to not be super excited about teaching rhetoric and argument. But since I have found these resources from these amazing teachers, I excited for the way my unit has shaped out. The students at my school spend a lot of time learning how and practicing writing arguments. Now I think that 9th grade is a great time for them to start analyzing other people's arguments