Rhetorical Analysis II: Understanding Editorials

Rhetorical Analysis II: Understanding Editorials

CRA Description : 
This 4-part unit helps students to understand and practice the complex processes of reading, understanding, analyzing, assessing, and writing about editorials addressed to specific audiences at specific times. Over the course of 1 to 2 weeks, to scaffold their learning, students will go through a specified sequence 4 times (in a teacher-led activity, in small groups, for an independent out-of-class paper, and for an in-class independent essay); this sequence affords students the practice necessary to deepen their understanding of texts and to become more self-sufficient.
Subjects: 
English Language Arts
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Allude / Allusion
Annotate / Annotation
Audience
Byline
Claim
Connotation
Culture / Cultural
Denotation
Devices
Editorial / Editorialize
Editorial Board
Evidence
Example
Exigence
Explanation
Intended Audience
Listener
Message
Occasion
Opposing Arguments
Persuasion
Purpose
Reader
Reason
Refute / Refutation
Rhetor / Speaker / Writer
Rhetorical Situation / Context
Sentence Structure / Sentence Patterns
Strategies / Tactics
Style
The 3 Proofs: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
Tone
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should already be able to: follow oral and written instructions precisely, listen to class discussions and lectures and take careful notes, work productively in groups, stay focused and organized, use the Internet to find appropriate, reliable research, understand the components of a rhetorical situation and its importance in understanding texts, understand basic rhetorical terms, understand and have facility with the components and recursive nature of the writing process, and use word processing programs.