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Introduction to Rhetoric

  • What is Rhetoric?
  • Know your audience!
  • Get the Reader’s Emotions
  • Appeals to Fear
  • Appeals to higher values
  • Present arguments in a persuasive way
  • Sell out to Slytherin House!

Introduction to Rhetoric

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Format for This Lesson 0:16
  • What is Rhetoric 0:44
    • Definition
    • Example
    • Know Your Audience
  • Fear and Higher Values 4:48
    • Appeals to Fear
    • Examples: Appeals to Fear
    • Higher Value
    • Appeals to Higher Values
  • Yes, and Yes Again 9:40
    • Assume the Obvious Examples
    • Assume the Obvious Example
    • Specifics
  • Hide Your Cards 13:27
    • Writing Your Thesis
    • Thesis with Clear Conclusions
    • Thesis That Hide the Cards
  • Assignment: Writing 17:16
  • Assignment: Reading 18:04