Reconstruction Rhetorical Devices Lesson Plan

  • 26 pages
  • Subject: Ethos, Historical Context, Logos, Pathos, Rhetorical Devices, Thesis, Lesson Plans and Educational Resources
  • Common Core Standards: RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.1
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Analyzing Rhetorical Devices for Persuasive Effect in Douglass’s “Reconstruction”

This lesson plan focuses on Douglass’s use of rhetorical devices in arguing his position regarding the political reconstruction of the South after the Civil War. Students will identify the thesis in Douglass’s essay, locate examples of antithesis, parallelism, and alliteration in the text, and analyze how they advance and support his thesis. In studying Douglass’s use of rhetorical devices, students will be better able to explain why “Reconstruction” is an effective and persuasive expository essay.

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