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Sell That Cat! A role play mini lesson about rhetoric- Digital and Paper/Pencil

Your students are already masters of rhetoric! Watch them put their skills to use in this role play and writing activity that introduces the elements of the art of argument.

Included in this 15-page digital and pencil/paper package are fillable and editable Word documents to upload to your LMS or photocopy.

What's included?

3 role play scenarios a student observation form a follow-up writing prompt and rubric a custom copy of the rhetorical triangle with all 5 terms a script for teacher use CCSS suggestions for use Student volunteers will act out role plays you give them, as the rest of the class watches and takes notes about the elements of rhetoric. You identify the elements of rhetoric in the first role play, and then students work together to find more. Students work in pairs and small groups to debrief after each of the three role play scenarios. By the end of the 45-minute activity, your students will know the following terms: logos, pathos, ethos, Kairos, telos and taxis.

Use your students’ knowledge and skill to help them understand how situation, purpose, design, message, audience and speaker impact all arguments.

You will use this exercise every year with all of your writers to help them understand their powers of persuasion.

Looking for more resources about rhetoric? Check out my bundle The Art of Argument.

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Category: ELA → Writing
Price: $4.00

This lesson plan costs $4.00

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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