Lesson Plan Details


Rhetorical Devices are Everywhere! Digital and Paper/Pencil

Use your students' visual intelligence to help them understand how arguments are made. Your students will remember these 31 literary devices when they find them in photos from around the world! Seeing literary terms in images will help your students see them in their everyday lives, identify them in written texts, and use them in their own writing.

This PAPER/PENCIL AND DIGITAL product includes two slides per device, one with an engaging image suitable for discussion and the second slide with the key and origin of the image.

After discussing the devices found in each image, students can create their own versions of the slideshow, share them, or use the slides as flashcards or for games. Teachers can print them as posters and use them throughout the school year. This product is perfect for face-to-face classrooms, distance learning platforms, or even as part of a literacy center.

Use the images for creative writing or research prompts as well.

The slides are also perfect to help your students understand other elements of rhetoric (the art of argument).

By knowing the origin of the photo, students can discuss the possible situation or context (kairos), the purpose (telos), as well as The Appeals (pathos, logos, ethos) present in each image. Your students will engage in higher level thinking, as they use visual evidence to support their own arguments.

This product includes an editable PowerPoint Presentation as well as a Google Slideshow.

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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