Topic: Analyzing a Persuasive Essay or Speech
CLI Strategy: Character X-Ray and Hot Seating
Subject: ELA – Reading
Students will be able to: Analyze the rhetoric and tactics used in writing a persuasive essay or speech.
- Print out the essay or speech. Have students break apart and cut up the essay according to when they think the author is changing persuasive tactics.
- Draw the outline of a person.
- On the outside of the outline: Arrange the parts of the speech.
- On the inside: Write down what tactic or rhetoric the person is using in the speech.
- Draw a line between the part of the speech and the skill or rhetoric they are using.
- Select a student or group of students to go into role as the author.
- Ask student(s) questions about how they composed their speech/essay, what they were trying to accomplish, and how they were making their different points.
- Why did you decide to discuss ________ first?
- What were you thinking when you wrote…..?
- What did we learn from our students in role as the author?
- What strategies did they use to get their point across?
- Which persuasive strategy do you think is the most effective?