Language Arts Understanding by Design Lesson Plans


By Lauren Hickey

This unit focuses on persuasive elements and writing. Students are tasked with reading higher level material and identifying the rhetorical elements that make up an argument. The unit asks students to consider multiple ethical issues and analyze the rhetorical devices used to portray the author’s argument. This unit is highly focused on writing and application of skill-sets. There are multiple activities that encourage students to apply their knowledge of Logos, Ethos, Pathos into creating and designing sales pitches, public service announcements, editorials, etc. The final assessment is a cooperative learning opportunity, in which students create and design a Google website with multiple components that focus on persuading an audience on an ethical issue chosen by the students.

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