Why we study rhetoric

AP Language, Notes from Stallings

September 2nd, 2015

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The goal isn’t to name the devices1 but to better understand how to make sense of the daily information deluge. Here’s a take on this that touches on the pathos we’ve been discussing:

  1. Though that is a lot of fun. []

Nixon’s “Checkers” Speech

AP Language

September 4th, 2013

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We’ve moved from David Foster Wallace’s great commencement address to a source a bit older: Richard Nixon’s televised plea for his credibility in 1952. The goal in reading this one is to better understand the use of ethos in an argument.

Sarcasm, Audience, and Leadership

AP Language

September 11th, 2012


Just a few links to share today. We’re finally getting back in the swing of things.

Jonathan Safran Foer Materials

AP Language

September 1st, 2010

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Some quick information for those interested in listening to Foer’s talk at 1:30 tomorrow. If you have not yet discussed this with your fifth hour teacher, I recommend writing an apologetic note asking for any material you may miss. It is up to your teacher whether you may attend. As this is short notice, it may be impossible, but you are welcome to go to the talk he will give tomorrow night at Congregation B’nai Emunah at 7.

From The New Yorker: 20 Under 40: Jonathan Safran Foer

From The New York Times: Against Meat,” an article adapted from his newest book, Eating Animals.

From PopMatters, a review of Eating Animals.1

Please read over the materials in preparation for the talk if you would like to attend. (Actually, read over the second article anyway—it is worth your time.) We’ll discuss them in class tomorrow.

Ebert & Video Games

We will continue our discussion of Roger Ebert’s argument tomorrow if time permits. The article we are discussing is here, and a followup, “Okay, kids, play on my lawn” is here.

Kellee Santiago’s talk is below.

  1. Thanks, Shadi []