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Build a House- An interactive lesson in rhetoric- Digital and Paper/Pencil

Does the word "rhetoric" intimidate your students? It did mine, until I taught them how rhetoric is everywhere, even in the act of building a house!

This is my foundational lesson in rhetoric, in more ways than one! It's fun, it allows students to be creative, and it also requires them to use higher order thinking skills. I have used it in Speech class, in Honors English 9, and Honors 11, as well as AP Language and Composition classes.

This two-lesson unit helps students understand each part of the rhetorical triangle and how rhetoric is the foundation of all composition and argument. Your students will see how every decision in their house-building simulation relates to the art of argument. They will create their own scenarios and be able to identify the rhetorical aspects in them, too.

This 17-page digital and pencil/paper document includes Word documents that are editable and fillable for in-class use. It also includes digital versions of the documents, including a brief reflection assignment, and 2 Google exit Forms for your LMS. Use the companion 16-slide Google Slide show of the rhetorical triangle in layers with the explanation script to help your students understand how elements of the rhetorical triangle are all connected. The package also includes instructions for the two lessons in step-by step format with read-aloud scripts, background information, and CCSS.

Once your students are able to see through their rhetorical lenses, they will be able to analyze anything. Watch their writing skills soar, too!

Category: ELA → Writing
Price: $6.00

This lesson plan costs $6.00

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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