The Declaration of Independence Lesson Plans
by Thomas Jefferson

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  • Declaration of Independence Rhetorical Appeals Lesson Plan

    Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Used for Persuasive Effect:  This lesson plan focuses on how Jefferson employs specific rhetorical devices for persuasive effect in the Declaration of Independence. Students will identify examples of ethos, pathos, and logos in the text and explain why they are effective in supporting the American colonists’...

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  • The Declaration of Independence Rhetorical Analysis Activity

    This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing rhetorical appeals. Effective appeals address all aspects of the rhetorical situation in any text or speech: the speaker, the audience, and the message. With this rhetorical situation in mind, Aristotle sought a means to most effectively convey ideas. He...

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