How to Analyze Expository Texts Through the Rhetorical Appeals

How to Analyze Expository Texts Through the Rhetorical Appeals

Downloadable Worksheet Time— Rhetorical Appeals: for analyzing expository texts!! Who else is excited?!? One thing that I promised you is that I would provide worksheets and activities for you to practice college writing at home at least once a week, so here is the first of many. Description of Rhetorical Appeals Activity: This worksheet is meant to give you a beginners knowledge of how to discuss and identify rhetorical appeals in an expository text.  Expository texts are any text that is non-fiction: newspaper articles, informational journals, blogs, magazine articles are just the beginning. Note: At a later time we can discuss how any types of videos or audio recordings can also be analyzed for rhetoric. Activity: Analyze a newspaper article for rhetoric. Objectives: Students will begin to see that any text can be analyzed for rhetoric. Students will have a beginning knowledge of the meaning of ethos, pathos, and logos. Directions: Print out or find a newspaper article that you are interested in. Use the printable to discuss or write the answers to each question one by one.  Know that each question will have an answer and each answer might be challenging to find.  Look beyond the obvious!! Skip any questions that you are really struggling with and come back to them later. After you have completed as many questions as possible, go back to the ones you skipped. One that you might struggle with is this: What does the author want you to do with the information? Most likely, he/she wants you to change your opinion on a subject, describe. Think about some additional questions about the author:...
What is Rhetoric?

What is Rhetoric?

Everyone uses rhetoric.  Rhetoric is the way that we talk to convince people of what we want them to believe. Rhetoric is not only a formal persuasive speech. Each day we live, every moment we communicate we are attempting to convince others to believe us.  We try to convince them to believe that we are who we think we are by the way we speak, dress, and behave.  If we believe that we are kind people, we will speak kindly to people, we will dress nicely, and treat people with kindness and generosity. We believe something about ourselves and the world and want other people to believe that, too. In this world, we can’t believe that we are kind, say that we are kind, but at the same time treat people badly and convince people that we are kind. We are who we say we are, act like we are, and look like we are through our facial expressions and other nonverbal communication.  If we do not have all three of these aspects to prove what we want people to believe about us then people will be skeptical. This is the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos of Persuasion Ethos is the speaker’s credibility.  If we want to be perceived as a kind person, we must be credible as a kind person.  We must treat people nicely, be generous and patient.  The moment that we don’t do one of these things, our credibility goes down and people begin to question whether we really are who we say we are. Pathos is the emotions that we create in our audience.  In this...