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.
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
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