On this dreary Thursday we decided to see ethos, pathos, and logos in action by discussing the concept of “the American Dream” (which is an abstract noun by the way). First, a look at Langston Hughes‘ “A Dream Deferred” helped set the stage for the comparison and contrast of two divergent points of view with a Venn Diagram. We watched Ann Romney’s speech from the Republican National Convention last week and then Michelle Obama’s from the Democratic National Convention this week. Both women’s speeches sought to paint their husbands as the perfect person to be (or continue being) President of the United States. We then closed by having a mock election based on both women’s speeches alone to see who would win.
*My 7th period class covered indirect objects before embarking on the lesson above.
HOMEWORK: Watch the news and/or the Democratic National Convention. Make a list of some of the political issues that are addressed. Then choose one of those issues and write a BCR persuading me to agree with your opinion on that one issue. Be sure to present a convincing argument!
PowerPoint: 9-6-12 Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in Action