Thursday, September 6th, 2012 Recap

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

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 Recap

After a brief review of ethos, pathos, logos, as well as concrete and abstract nouns, we charged on by watching a video on a game called “Karate Piñata”  from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Part 1 & Part 2).  It was absurd, funny, and very entertaining.  The students were given the task (in two classes) of creating an advertisement for “” making sure to include all of the elements in BIG FOX that were discussed on Monday.

HOMEWORK: All: On a sheet of paper, summarize a TV commercial.  Highlight the examples of ethos, pathos, and logos used in the commercial.  The commercial summary from Tuesday’s homework can be expanded for use in this assignment.

PowerPoint: Text Features Further 8.30.12

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 Summarized

On Wednesday we finished up where we left off with regard to ethos, pathos, and logos from Tuesday’s lesson.  The students then created a bubble map to illustrate their claim and three supporting details to support their claim.

  • Ethos: “street cred” or a speaker/author’s level of credibility with the audience
  • Pathos: connecting with emotion, using emotionally charged words and language
  • Logos: logic, facts, examples, and statistics

HOMEWORK: None today.

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

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