As we wrap up our unit on Rhetorical Analysis, and our examination of the question ‘What is the relationship between the citizen and The State’, we turn our attention to modern political rhetoric. You guys have done an amazing job this unit improving and building your analytic skills, as well as making connections between texts, ideologies, history and politics.

In our last series of rhetorical analysis, you will first examine the speeches of President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. In your analysis remember to complete the SOAPSTone Plus process. From there you should begin examining the speakers’ use of rhetoric and asking the questions:

  1. What is the speakers’ purpose?
  2. Do they achieve their purpose effectively through rhetoric?
  3. How does their rhetoric define the relationship between the citizen and the state?
  4. Which speakers’ rhetoric aligns most closely with that of our founding documents?
  5. How do the speakers’ rhetoric encourage, or not encourage, citizens to be active in their relationship with the state?

Remember, while we are conducting a Socratic seminar on these speeches we are not debating political affiliations in class. You may debate on the effectiveness of the rhetoric used in these speeches, you can let research from reliable sources inform your analysis and even make text-connections to them in class, but you cannot debate what you feel to be the legitimacy of classmates’ political affiliations. I know you’ll all be mature and academic in your discussion Wednesday. 🙂

Additionally, you will be working in small groups Thursday to discuss and analyze one additional text. Please see the list below for your groups:

Virginia Woolf, Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid

  • Gracen
  • Amanda
  • March-Fancis
  • Kaylee A.
  • Taylor
  • Danielle
  • Cassie

Chris Hedges, The Destruction of Culture

  • Ann-Seery
  • Hollie
  • Senette
  • Kaylee W.
  • Evan
  • Jori
  • Madisyn
  • Ben

Laura Blumenfield, The Apology: Letters from a Terrorist

  • Davis
  • Allie
  • Emma
  • DJ
  • Spen
  • Seth
  • Brianna P.

Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

  • Grady
  • Audrey
  • Isabella
  • Raven
  • Kaylin
  • Alex
  • Shir-Li