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Finding Significance

Sample Lesson Plans


Designed by: Caleb Tankersley
To demonstrate how prevalent logical fallacies are in politics and media, thus demonstrating the need for clear, logical arguing skills. 


Designed by: J.D. Hosemann
No, not the drink (though I guess it could be incorporated as a reward for insightful rhetorical analyses). This is an activity that I used during the rhetorical analysis project. After hearing substantial complaints and concerns regarding the word rhetorical, I decided to use informal media to show students how they probably understand rhetoric in ways in which they were unaware. The goal of this assignment is to have students look at texts with similar goals but that go about achieving these goals in drastically different ways, thus illustrating the importance of how things are said versus what is said.

Designed by: Fae Dremock
Lesson Objectives: Introduce the nature of controversy and contingencies used in decisions made/opinions developed about controversial issues. As a secondary objective, to introduce the influence of appeals, context, and audience in writing on controversy — through deliberate addition of contingency-type examples or deliberate challenge of contingency-based opinions. As a third objective, to spark conversation/engagement in a quiet class.

Designed by: Evan Harrison
An understanding of logical fallacies can help students in analyzing arguments and making their own arguments. This activity presumes that intentionally creating a logical fallacy will allow students to identify fallacies and also avoid making them.

Designed by: Randy Gonzales
This is a classroom activity designed to introduce students to Pathos through analysis of print advertisements.

Designed by: Kelli Sellers
Help students understand the importance of audience and how audience affects their content and writing strategies.

Designed by: Kelli Sellers
Help students more fully understand the role of stereotypes in Discourse Communities and to help them understand the significance of suspending judgment when writing the Ethnography. 

Designed by: Heather Hoyle Peerboom and Kelli Sellers
Use Meredith Cherland’s definitions of Humanism, binaries, subject positions and Post-Structural Theory to help students grasp key writing concepts like rhetorical analysis, the subjectivity of language, and the power of writing.


Designed by: Jolene Creighton
The goal for this lesson is to help students understand why context is important; this is accomplished by focusing on the ways in which context alters the way that we see images and, by extension, read, speak, and ultimately write. 


Designed by: Jeffrey H. MacLachlan
Lesson Objectives: For students to discover that the different aspects of rhetoric are the blueprint for every form of persuasive media. More than simply identifying the various aspects of rhetoric, students get in the driver’s seat of analyzing what is effective and why. Empower students with the task of a professional writer.


Designed by: Stephanie Nash
This lesson is intended to both help students discover a thesis by looking at available information, and narrow that thesis to something that can be argued in a short academic essay.


Designed by: Clayton Nichols
Lesson Objectives: To introduce first year composition students to the wonderful world of rhetorically analyzing the world through visual mediums; as a means of introducing rhetorical analysis, this activity is a fail-safe; however, transitioning the students from rhetorically analyzing visual mediums to text is another lesson, for another day.


Designed by: Tanja Nathanael
Lesson Objectives: To provide in-class experience with analyzing an image.  To demonstrate through the use of one iconic figure how changing expectations of cultural time period, politics, race, and gender influence the changing representations of that figure.  To connect the implications of those changes to the broader context of American identity and to critically analyze the impact of those implications.


Designed by: Jen Brewington
Lesson Objectives: To introduce the Personal Narrative as a form of social interaction. Students should see how personal narratives move from the private to public realm of discourse and find significance in their story as it relates to their communities.


Designed by: Tanja Nathanael

Lesson Objectives:  To provide in-class experience with recognizing and understanding logical fallacies.  To demonstrate through the examples in the text how such fallacies are used in an argument and why.  To connect the experience of identifying logical fallacies in the exercise (more direct) with the larger context of recognizing them within a text (more challenging).



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