Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Nonfiction (emphasis on logic)
This group of lessons is an introduction to American nonfiction essays with an emphasis on rhetorical devices. Students identify different types of writing an essay can be (narrative, cause-effect, etc) and apply to the essays. In the next lesson students learn about pathos, logos, and ethos and apply these persuasive appeals to the essays given. Students write an essay utilizing a specific essay type and persuasive appeals. This resource can be used to introduce nonfiction by American writers or used as a part of a larger logic unit in context of American literature. These lessons can also be connected to author's tone.
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- Learn the various methods for writing essays and their basis in rhetorical tradition
- Learn through example effective strategies for writing essays and argumentative prose
- Read and analyze Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass's writing styles
- Understand the persuasive appeals: ethos, logos, and pathos.
- Apply rhetorical strategies learned in this lesson to essay writing projects of their own.
What are the different kinds of essays and how are they based in rhetorical tradition? What are some effective strategies in persuasive writing?