Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 in Brief

Tuesday we reviewed the BIG FOX text feature identification strategy from this Monday.  Since we’re beginning to focus on argumentative writing (we used to call this “persuasive writing”), we then transitioned to a discussion on persuasion by viewing a video of the closing argument in the case against Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of indirectly causing Michael Jackson’s death.  Is he innocent or guilty?  Facts and examples from the video and each student’s prior knowledge were used to add substance to whether a student felt Dr. Murray was guilty or innocent.

The discussion on Dr. Murray’s guilt or innocence then moved into some note-taking on the terms below:

  • Claim: state your argument
  • Logos:appeal to one’s logic; facts, examples, and numbers (these are very convincing)
    • Examples of Logos:
      • Facts-can be proven
      • Expert opinions or quotations
      • Definitions-statement of the meaning of a word or phrase
      • Statistics-offer scientific support
      • Examples-powerful illustrations

 HOMEWORK: ACReader/Writer Workbook pg 194-199 answer in the margins, All classes– Watch a TV commercial and write a summary of it.  Then, write how it uses logos to persuade you.

Powerpoint: PERSUASIVE: pathos, ethos, & logos 8/28/12

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