English12Agenda
November 18-December 18
NOTE: guest speaker Helen McNally from Art Institute of Salt Lake City on December 2

A. Journal Jumpstarts-continue copying and writing about the quotes on the posters in the hallway
B. Common Usage Problems handout-Quiz on the 2nd page of the study guide on Dec. 18th.

NOTE-if you lost your packet of these words, go to Clark's wiki and follow the link CUP 2

C. Vocabulary Lessons 4, 5
  • Complete all exercises in the book
  • 5 “Pictionary” drawings per lesson
  • 1 flash card per lesson with black print letters & a visual element (8 ½ by 11 created on computer)
  • Use vocabulary words in all your writing assignments this year-underline them in your work
D. Night final exam on Nov. 20th

E. Introduce Advocacy Project (due by end of Christmas break-see info on Clark's wikispace links)

F. Literature-The Study of Rhetoric & Style Analysis

  1. Click on "EthosPathosLogos" link to the left
  2. Read the article and type a comprehensive abstract (at least 1/2 page single spaced or more) using at least 3 of your vocab words (Underline them!)
  3. Link your abstract to your wikispace-call your link "Rhetoric Abstract"
  4. Click on the "Rhetoric Supplement" link to the left
  5. Look up any 10 terms in the glossary; copy and paste them into ONE document
  6. Link your document to your wikispace-call your link "Rhetorical Devices"
  7. Click on the links to the left for each of the following rhetorical masterpieces, read them and do a typed abstract for each one.
  • Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
  • John F. Kennedy inaugural speech excerpts
  • A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  • Mark Anthony's funeral oration from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar
  • Brutus's funeral oration from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar

ONE ESSAY-Now, pick one of the funeral orations or both Lincoln and Kennedy's speeches and analyze them for rhetorical effectiveness...in other words, explain specifically why the writing is persuasive.
Organize your 5-paragraph essay as follows: You also must include at least 3 direct quotations in your essay!

1. introduction paragraph that mentions the name of the piece and the author as well as whether the writer relies mainly on LOGOS, PATHOS, ETHOS or a combination to create a persuasive argument or assertion. You should also state an overall opinion about how effective you think the writing is in terms of persuasiveness, intelligence, organization of ideas, and clarity of ideas.
in three parts, each addressing the following three required rhetorical devices that make writing persuasive (rhetorical):
2. diction (word choice/word connotations)-this first body paragraph should have a topic sentence about the writer's word choices as being effective and persuasive. Then you must provide "evidence" of that through quotations from the piece to show or prove that. Diction involves both LOGOS and PATHOS.
3. tone (emotions and attitudes the words create)-this body paragraph should have a topic sentence about how the writer creates a certain mood, or tone, or attitude in the piece by the words he has chosen. use as evidence words/phrases from the piece that you feel demonstrate how the writer gets a response out of the reader. Choose examples that are powerful and emotional. Tone is tied directly to the concept of PATHOS.
4. syntax (how the words are put together-this includes types of sentences, length of sentences, punctuation, parallelism, and repetition)-your last body paragraph should have a topic sentence about how the writer puts words together in a certain way to have a strong persuasive impact on the reader. Choose evidence/examples from the piece that you feel demonstrate this concept, such as where the writer uses repetition, or uses punctuation to manipulate the reader's impressions.
5. conclusion-this paragraph reiterates or rephrases the topic and overall states how persuasive you think the writing is that you analyzed in the body of your essay. You can state your overall opinion in the conclusion. Did the writing convince you? Emotionally affect you? Open your eyes to new or different perspectives?

G. BLOG
Read the link called “Conner’s Essay” on my wikispace. Then go to the Discussion tab and answer the
BLOG question called “Conner’s Essay.”
H. Advocacy Project-remember to complete your project and post your report on your wiki by Sunday night, January 4th 2009.


Grade:

Common usage quiz
Night exam
Vocab 4 and 5
EthosPathosLogos Abstract-link to your wiki
Rhetorical writing abstracts-5 all together-link to your wiki...call it "speeches abstracts"
Rhetoric-10 devices defined-link to your wiki
One essay analyzing rhetorical impact of either one of the funeral speeches from Julius Caesar or the two shorter pieces by Lincoln and Kennedy-link to your wiki-call it "Essay"
Conner’s Essay BLOG question response