Teaching Rhetoric

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  1. LynnB

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    Would anyone be willing to share a best strategy for teaching rhetoric in the high school classroom (history, AP language, or other course)? I would appreciate any help.
     
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    Hello, you can try searching Classical education. Classical education is all based on the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric). I teach in the logic stage so I cannot help you too much with rhetoric. The books linked below are all ones we use at my school.


    http://www.amazon.com/Well-Educated...=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247531318&sr=8-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Case-Classica...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247531318&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Trivium-Liberal-Logic-Grammar-Rhetoric/dp/0967967503/ref=pd_sim_b_2
     
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    I teach rhetoric in my 12th grade English classes, principally logos, pathos, and ethos, plus a "rhetorical device of the week." For that I use a book from Prestwick House called Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers, which is really quite good and is only $12.95. Here's a link: http://www.prestwickhouse.com/p-11688-rhetorical-devices.aspx?view=1
     
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    Are there any unique activities that you do based on rhetoric?
     
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    The introduction is a module from the Cal State's Expository Reading and Writing Course called The Rhetoric of the Op-Ed page, which focuses on having students read not just for content, but for the author's rhetorical approach - is he or she using logic or emotion to try to get a point across?

    With the device of the week, I incorporate my vocabulary instruction and have students write sentences using both the new words and the device. Also, they're writing about whatever we're reading at the moment, so I get multiple benefits from a single homework assignment. :)
     

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