American Lit: The Bias of Rhetoric

Standard: ELAGSE11-12SL2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

Learning Target: I can analyze how language can be used to manipulate readers or viewers.

Opening Session: Let’s check out this video called “Peace, Little Girl” from the 1964 presidential campaign. This ad was only aired once, but it was highly controversial and most people think it helped President Johnson win reelection. As you watch, write down which elements of the ad you think made it SO powerful:

Work Session: As it says in your Springboard book, “sometimes a writer compensates for lack of evidence and logical argumentation by using slanted language and emotional appeals that present a prejudiced depiction of a subject.” Today we’re going to study these slanters, which are clues you can use to determine if the source you’re reading is biased or not.

Let’s review the slanters and their definitions on page 234 and come up with some examples. Then, we’re going to flip over to page 326 and read an article called “Abolish High School Football.” After you read, we will do the Second Read questions and then the chart in question 4 using the SMELL strategy:

  • Sender-receiver relationshio
  • Message
  • Emotional Strategies
  • Logical Strategies
  • Language

We will also complete the chart on page 239 together.

Closing Session: Share Out: How do you think a writer uses tone to advance an opinion?

Plus, VOCAB!

  1. Vulnerable
  2. Indictment
  3. Irrelevant
  4. Delusions
  5. Decisive
  6. Abstain
  7. Rigors
  8. Remediation

Assessment: Informal (book check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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