Creating a Road Map of Rhetoric Days 2-4

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SWBAT create a visual representation of an author's use of rhetoric in developing central ideas by collaborating on developing a rhetorical road map.

Big Idea

Creating a visual representation of ideas can deepen our understanding of the ideas themselves.


Group Map Making/Teacher Consultations

75 minutes

For the next three days groups will work in the library on their maps and I will work with individual groups as questions and challenges arise.  On the first day I will make sure all of the groups have determined a central idea or ideas, and sit with each group to hear some of the rhetorical strategies they’ve identified (and help them identify some through questioning).   Additionally, I will give them the checklist of items (Road Map of Rhetoric requirements.docx) they should depict to help them understand what they should be looking for.  On this checklist I also added that they should identify some key vocabulary words the author uses to address standard 4 of the reading informational text standards.  I put this together after seeing some of the students' confusion yesterday when they started this process and recognizing that they needed a little more task-oriented organization.  As they start to develop the map, I will certainly give some small suggestions as I think of them, but I really want them to work through some of the challenges on their own—to do their own problem-solving.   I will intervene if they are at a standstill, but otherwise I will do more prodding and prompting--guiding them to specific rhetorical analysis skills and concepts we've worked on and allowing them to apply those skills.  Also, if I see any common issues arise (such as a general misunderstanding of a rhetorical concept), I will do a mini-lesson on it before we go to the library that day.