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Teaching Rhetoric with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Teaching Rhetoric with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings persuasive writing to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings persuasive writing to life with comics and storyboards.

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Teaching Rhetoric with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Explain to students that rhetoric is the art of persuasion. Aristotle argues that there are three elements of persuasion. In other words, there are three techniques a writer or speaker can use to effectively persuade the audience. He calls them ethos, logos, and pathos. Students should be able to identify the use of ethos, logos, and pathos in persuasive and expository writing. They should also be able to use ethos, logos, and pathos in their own writing.

Opening Discussion

Introduce the following terms:

  • Rhetoric: The art of persuasion.
  • Rhetor: The speaker or writer who is attempting to persuade the audience.
  • Ethos: Credibility or trust; The rhetor cites credible sources or establishes own credibility through professional tone or title.
  • Logos: Reason or logic; The rhetor uses logical organized arguments by referencing studies, statistics, or logical analogies.
  • Pathos: Emotions or values; The rhetor sways the audience's emotions using stories, vivid imagery, and inspirational quotes.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Define Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Examples of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Identify Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate the ethos, logos, and pathos used in a text you are reading in class.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate definitions and examples of ethos, logos, and pathos.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What element of rhetoric has the greatest affect on you personally? Are you most easily persuaded by ethos, logos, or pathos?
  • Do you use any elements of rhetoric in your daily interactions? When and how do you use ethos, pathos, or logos?
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Pixton Activity: Teaching Rhetoric with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos 1 Define Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following terms:

  • Rhetoric: The art of persuasion.
  • Rhetor: The speaker or writer who is attempting to persuade the audience.
  • Ethos: Credibility or trust; The rhetor cites credible sources or establishes own credibility through professional tone or title.
  • Logos: Reason or logic; The rhetor uses logical organized arguments by referencing studies, statistics, or logical analogies.
  • Pathos: Emotions or values; The rhetor sways the audience's emotions using stories, vivid imagery, and inspirational quotes.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to define ethos, logos and pathos:

  • Identify the element of rhetoric in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element.
  • Include appropriate illustrations and dialogue for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Teaching Rhetoric with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos 2 Examples of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following terms:

  • Rhetoric: The art of persuasion.
  • Rhetor: The speaker or writer who is attempting to persuade the audience.
  • Ethos: Credibility or trust; The rhetor cites credible sources or establishes own credibility through professional tone or title.
  • Logos: Reason or logic; The rhetor uses logical organized arguments by referencing studies, statistics, or logical analogies.
  • Pathos: Emotions or values; The rhetor sways the audience's emotions using stories, vivid imagery, and inspirational quotes.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to give examples of ethos, logos and pathos:

  • Identify the element of rhetoric in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of an example of the element.
  • Include appropriate illustrations and dialogue for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Print this Activity

Pixton Activity: Teaching Rhetoric with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos 3 Identify Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following terms:

  • Rhetoric: The art of persuasion.
  • Rhetor: The speaker or writer who is attempting to persuade the audience.
  • Ethos: Credibility or trust; The rhetor cites credible sources or establishes own credibility through professional tone or title.
  • Logos: Reason or logic; The rhetor uses logical organized arguments by referencing studies, statistics, or logical analogies.
  • Pathos: Emotions or values; The rhetor sways the audience's emotions using stories, vivid imagery, and inspirational quotes.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate the ethos, logos and pathos used by a writer or orator discussed in class:

  • Identify the element of rhetoric in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the example of the element.
  • Include appropriate illustrations and dialogue for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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