Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Road Map of Rhetoric Days 5 and 6: Presentations - Section 2: Map Presentations


Overall, the presentations and class discussions around each of the pieces were excellent.  While they presented I tried to add to their discussions—I asked specific questions regarding angles of streets or names, etc., and also pointed out other examples that added to what they were saying, to really make each presentation a learning experience.   In all of the presentations students had a lot of interesting insight, and it was evident to me from the explanations of their thought processes that there were three days well-spent in the library. 

Students gave a lot of very positive feedback in their evaluations, too, and most importantly feel more confident in identifying rhetorical devices.   One student wrote, for example, wrote:  “I didn’t like the project at first, and it was frustrating at times, but after presenting and hearing others I think it really helped me understand the organization of essays and use of rhetoric better.”  I love seeing this statement because of its authenticity and the fact the student is really invested in the learning; she recognized the value of the project even though she was frustrated by the process at times.  Some students really enjoyed the whole process; all of them felt better about the rhetorical strategies.  Success!  A couple students wrote that they wish they had a model; I have models now, but I am really up in the air whether I’ll use them next time, because I think there is real value, in this case, in problem-solving and coming up with their own, authentic ideas, and me giving them some verbal suggestions.  I’ll have to think more on that, though.

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Road Map of Rhetoric Days 5 and 6: Presentations

Unit 10: Deepening Rhetorical Analysis
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain an author's use of rhetoric in developing central ideas by presenting their visual depiction of an author's rhetorical choices.

Big Idea: Creating a visual representation of ideas can deepen our understanding of the ideas themselves, particularly when explaining your ideas to an audience.

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