Argument Activities:

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Fish Hook

Students think about possible introductions and introduction techniques using a worksheet and peer feedback.

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Pass The Buck

This activity forms students into 5 groups to teach each other evaluation criteria, and to learn how to evaluate the degree of success of a sample funding proposal.

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The Rhetoric of Infomercials

This activity is used to teach ethos, pathos, and logos by asking students to create an infomercial. The activity takes about 50 minutes to run.

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Description and Summary Practice

This activity teaches students how to do an effective summary and description. I bring two examples, both bad and good. I ask students to talk about how I have changed these descriptions to change these two dominant impressions.

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I-Search Research and Reading

This activity is used to help students perform the activity of “research.” The students and their classmates generate questions about a topic which can then be used to direct their search for information about a particular topic.