Aristotle’s Five Canons of Rhetoric

In addition to considering the types of stylistic and rhetorical devices an orator uses, considering their tone, audience, subject and purpose, you should also begin analyzing speeches and orators for their use of Aristotle’s Five Canons of Rhetoric.

The Five Canons will add another layer of depth to your analysis, and will provide you a more holistic understanding of the text and orator in question. Think of the canons as another layer to your SOAPSTone, not as a separate step. The audience, purpose, and occasion will all impact the effectiveness of how the orator utilizes the five canons.


Click here to re-watch the short video over the five canons that we took notes over in class.

You will need to complete not only a SOAPSTone Plus analysis over the four speeches from class (Lou Gherig’s Farewell Address, Einstein’s Letter to Young Phyllis, President George W Bush’s 9/11 Address and King George VI’s 1939 Speech) but also analyze these speeches for their use of the five canons. Please view the videos below to analyze these speeches and their orators. You will present your group analysis on Friday, January 7th.

Click here to re-watch Lou Gherig’s Farewell Speech.

Click here to listen to King George VI’s Speech.

Click here to watch a re-enactment of King George VI’s speech from the move ‘The King’s Speech’.

Click here to watch President George W Bush’s address to the nation on September 11th, 2001.

AP Language and Composition Spring 2016

Our Textbook – The Language of Composition, Rhetorical Analysis Readings


This semester I will be pulling the majority of your readings from the text ‘The Language of Composition’. Because we do not have a class set of these books, I will be providing you with copies of the pages we will be using. Chapter one of the text covers Rhetorical Analysis, and can be accessed below:

Click here to access chapter one of our text.

Please feel free to read and print these pages as you wish.


Additionally, I have taken the readings from chapter 1 and condensed them into a short packet, for those of you that do not want to print all 20+ pages from the text.

Click here to access the shortened version that contain just the texts for chapter one, An Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis

Be sure to refer to chapter 1 of this text as we work through the first unit over Rhetorical Analysis – and please let me know if you have any issues accessing the texts throughout the semester!

AP Language and Composition Spring 2016

SOAPSTone Plus – A Review

We’re jumping right into rhetorical analysis this semester, and therefore you will need to briefly review the arch methods analysis using SOAPSTone Plus that we covered last semester. Below you will find a review and an example from Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative that we read together last semester.

Arch Method

Arch Method Rowlandson




You can also click here to review an in-depth powerpoint over the SOAPSTone Plus analysis method.

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues over this review!



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