Reconstruction Lesson Plans
by Frederick Douglass

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  • Reconstruction 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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  • Reconstruction Rhetorical Devices Lesson Plan

    Analyzing Rhetorical Devices for Persuasive Effect: This lesson plan focuses on Douglass’s use of rhetorical devices in arguing his position regarding the political reconstruction of the South after the Civil War. Students will identify the thesis in Douglass’s essay, locate examples of antithesis, parallelism, and alliteration in the text, and...

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