Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, Novemeber 20th

Starter: Let's discuss together. Let's talk about the rhetorical strategy contained in a children's narrative! 

Who has heard of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo?

  • Review the rhetorical situation: Rhetoric is a Response and Invites a Response
  • What is the message?
  • How does the book appeal to its audience?
  • What are some of the "values" it contains that might have universal appeal?
  • Is the message effective? Is it Rogerian?






HOW MIGHT YOUR RHETORIC BE A RESPONSE TO OTHER RHETORIC?

TO-DO TODAY:










Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thursday, November 19th

Rogerian Argument from the Washington Post Opinion section: Seven governors: Americans need to stay home this Thanksgiving

Discuss: 

  • Genre: What genre is this actually? (Think about audience.)
  • Ethos: How does this article have built-in ethos?
  • Pathos and Logos: Notice these as you read it. We will discuss tomorrow.

Starter 11.19 (in GC)Review the "Five Elements of Rogerian Argumentations."  Identify 2-3 ways that the opinion piece employs a Rogerian style, using language from the "five elements" to explain your answer. If you like, make a copy of the op-ed document and annotate your connections in the margin.


TO-DO TODAY:

  1. SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES THIS WEEK!
  2. CARRY ON WITH YOUR RESEARCH!
  3. BY FRIDAY, SUBMIT PROJECT PROPOSAL.


HONORS Check-in: Stick around to chat and clear up confusion about 1984 seminar.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday, November 17th

 Model Project: Acacia's (script)

Starter (Write it into Google Classroom!)
  1. Why is this project rhetorically effective?
  2. Logos, pathos, ethos?
  3. How is it Rogerian?

 


TO-DO
  1. SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES THIS WEEK!
  2. CARRY ON WITH YOUR RESEARCH!
  3. BY FRIDAY, SUBMIT PROJECT PROPOSAL.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, November 16th

LET'S START THINKING ABOUT THE PROJECT...

Model Projects: Alma’s Op-ed  and collage (below)

STARTER (Answer in Google Classroom)
  1. What is Alma trying to convince us of?
  2. Is her argument effective for you?  Why or why not?
  3. What does Alma do that we might consider effective "Rogerian" argumentation?

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EMPATHY INTERVIEW:
1. Reminder: this piece is now highly recommended (instead of required) and counts as one of your 8 required sources.
2. If you need to do this interview over break, that is great. Just send me an email letting me know that, and write the plan for it into your research notes.
3. You can do more than one interview. Each one counts as a source.
4. You can interview your peers, just so long as they have a view that differs from your own in some way.

Sample Email to solicit an intervew:

Dear _______________:
Hello, I am a junior at Animas High School studying political ideology in Jessica McCallum's Humanities class.  For our current project, we are researching a range of perspectives on a political issue of our choosing.  I am reaching out to you because one of our tasks is to interview someone who might have a developed perspective on our topic.  I am researching ____________.  I thought you might have some valuable input because__________.  Please let me know if you might be available to chat about this topic some time in the next few weeks.  Thank you for your time!

Your Name

AHS junior


TO-DO THIS WEEK

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thursday/Friday, November 12th and 13th

Starter: Does anyone need to talk about their feelings? Questions we are having?


From the project description:

Rogerian argumentation urges the cultivation of multiple perspectives based on nuanced thinking.  It identifies common goals and shared values while acknowledging opposing views in a non-confrontational way. 

It is focused on mutually-beneficial compromise, not merely on winning the argument.

You will craft an argument that seeks to communicate your perspective to your audience, while establishing common ground and/or offering a spirit-of-compromise solution and/or with an audience that might disagree with you.  The idea here is to demonstrate our learning about the complexity of political issues, while staying true to our own political identities and expressing ourselves with rhetorical artistry.


REFRESHER: PROJECT OVERVIEW

Part 1 Personal Connection Narrative: Sunday, November 15

Part 2 Research Notes AND Project Proposal done by Friday, November 20

Part 3 Rogerian Argument Project Draft for Critique: Thursday, December 3 (start of class)

Part 3/4 Final to Jessica and “audience” (SEE RUBRIC):  Thursday, December 10 (by midnight)

Part 5 Project Reflection and DP update: Sunday, December 13



TODAY’s TO-DO:

  1. Project Conference Sign-UP


  1. OPTIONAL Peer critique of Personal Connection Essay. This form can also be used as a self-critique if you prefer not to do it with your peers. This can be done today or tomorrow depending on where you are in your process. If you don’t have a partner or group and would like my assistance in finding a critique group, please email me today!


  1. RESEARCH TIME!!!

  • At this point, you should be getting into the research! Here is the template for research notes. I am okay if you document your research in a different format, but these are good guidelines for things to look for in your sources. You should have a minimum of 4 sources that support or resonate with your bias, and a minimum of 4 sources that challenge or oppose your bias. The empathy interviews count toward these sources!

  • The thesis statements on both sides of the issue ARE NOT OPTIONAL. No matter the format of your research notes, please write these statements!

  • NOTE on EMPATHY INTERVIEWS: Given our unusual pandemic circumstances, you will not be penalized if you are unable to find an empathy interview. Because of the nature of Rogerian rhetoric, the interviews are highly recommended to help you better understand where the “other” side is coming from. Please do your best to find someone to interview. Thanksgiving might give you an opportunity if you have family members with differing political beliefs. 

  • Anyone who wants to use Thanksgiving break to finish their research has an automatic extension on the research notes: PLEASE COMMUNICATE ABOUT THIS!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday, November 10th

Starter: Questions? Thoughts? Jokes? Free Advice?

Announcements:

  • Democracy rules! Peer critique will be available on Thursday. To avoid tyranny of the majority, the critique will be optional. We are still accepting absentee ballots if you have strong feelings and want your vote counted:)
  • Rhetorical Discourse Mini-project: some of you did not complete the self-evaluation/reflection questions and/or upload the project itself. Please rectify this so I can finish grading.
  • Please fill out the topic survey, even if you have already talked to me about your ideas.
  • Personal conferences will continue on Thursday and Friday. If you haven't met with me yet, please plan on doing so this week.

Some tips on writing your personal essay:

  • Express your bias clearly in your essay. It's okay to focus your essay on a broad version of your topic and then hone your rhetorical discourse into a narrower claim. (ie. I write about immigration in general. My rhetoric project was specifically about the concept of sanctuary schools.)
  • If you are in the "middle," write your essay from the middle and elaborate on why you see both sides.
  • AGAIN: You need not do research for this part!
  • Anecdotes and personal stories make the essay more interesting!
  • If you don't have many personal stories about the topic itself, perhaps think about your general ideology itself and any stories you might attach to that. 
  • It is okay to center this essay on VALUES and where they come from.Tie your values to your topic, even if you don't have a ton of experiences to write about.
  • This is an essay and typical essay conventions apply. TEA paragraphs still in effect in a personal essay! The whole thing should still be driven by a main idea or thesis.

Please scroll down to yesterday's post and continue to work through the To-DO list!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday, November 9th

Starter Questions: 

  1. What are we grateful for? 
  2. What questions do we have about the election?
  3. What questions do we have about the project and expectations for this week?


TODAY's TO-DO

  1. If you have not done so already, please take the Project Topic Survey.
  2. If you are still struggling with a topic, keep brainstorming! See the links on GC attached to the survey. Scour news headlines. Election stuff is fair game! What do you want to say right now?
  3. Sign up for Conferences! Click on the link and put your name in a time slot for today or tomorrow. We will just use the Google Meet Classroom link for these conferences to simplify logistics.
  4. If you haven't already done so, please read and critique my essay.
  5. WRITE your essay! Do you guys want a peer critique on Thursday?
  6. When you have finished your essay, you may start to research BOTH SIDES of your topic.