Rhetoric Alive!

 A significant tool for any adult is the ability to effectively communicate, to truly reach the hearts of man through speech. Subtitled Principles of Persuasion and using the principles first established in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, this book, Rhetoric Alive! focuses on making students’ speech and writing compelling, pleasing and persuasive. Students are guided carefully with detailed and interesting exercises. Students will develop their rhetoric credibility (Ethos) using their reasoning (Logos) to appeal to the audience’s emotion (Pathos) using the five canons (standards) of Invention, Organization, Style, Memory and Delivery. To learn by example, students will discuss excerpts and full speeches from famous ancient and modern speakers. They will write and present three speech types: Deliberative (persuade or dissuade); Ceremonial (praise or blame); and Judicial (accuse or defend).

The Teacher Edition (359 pp, sc) provides a sample syllabus, an option for a one semester or two semester schedule, special charts and tables to better communicate rhetorical principles, presentation grading rubrics, all answers for student activities, a glossary, suggested readings list and space for notes. Student course grades are combined from their assignment grades and also their presentations (using a detailed rubric). Teachers will grade work and presentations and serve as mentor.

Each chapter of the consumable, non-reproducible Student Edition (358 pp, sc) begins with portions of Aristotle’s Rhetoric. His concepts are then explained. Students apply that knowledge as they discuss the 14 sample texts with the provided questions: Plato’s Republic, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech; Emily Dickenson’s poetry; Kennedy’s “Ask Not…” speech, and more. Then in each lesson, three workshops follow (done in small groups or individually): analyze the rhetoric of an email, write a fable, creatively memorize the gist of the Bill of Rights, give a sales pitch, etc. At the chapter’s end, students will give a presentation—either of their own writing (using help provided) or previously written speeches—to practice effective presenting methods. Full of wonderfully written, compelling quotations and speeches, and an in-depth, progressive teaching approach, this text will provide a solid 1/2 credit of high school rhetoric. ~ Ruth




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