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Escape Room Break Out Box Game; Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Rated 4.69 out of 5, based on 189 reviews
189 Ratings
Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Internet Activities
Video tutorial and 28 pages
Julie Faulkner
Compatible with Digital Devices
The Teacher-Author has indicated that this resource can be used for device-based learning.


Get ready to dive into an exciting escape-room style adventure with this break-out game designed to review the three persuasive appeals with secondary students! Your students will be set for their persuasive writing or argumentative writing task if they can grasp these key elements. From the most reluctant learner to the most advanced, all of your students will be 100% engaged in solving the clues in this interactive lock box game for ethos, pathos, and logos. Plus, you'll be on the cutting edge with this educational teaching trend that will be exciting and purposeful in classrooms for years to come!

Student Experience: In this lock box escape game with a flexible three-ways-to-play format, students must work to solve the clues in order to convince the principal to #savetheprom. Students will be reviewing and practicing their understanding of the rhetorical appeals in context.


-3 Ways to play (The game can be conducted with a physical box that you've bought or made, with the digital Google form provided, or with teacher-led answer checking. There's nothing else for you to do. Just choose the method that works best for you and play! I've provided it all!)

-Video tutorial for teacher prep

-One stop, press print and go clue set for students (The clues are interactive, challenging, and fun. Distractions are included to enhance the difficulty level!)

-Intro slides and classroom to set up scenario for students, editable

-Lesson plan, editable


-Follow up questions and prompt for debrief, editable

- 100% editable

Your students will love the exciting, modern game-like format. You will love that your students are actually enjoying reviewing the persuasive appeals key to argumentation. Your admin will love to see that you're engaging all learners with higher order critical thinking and problem solving. My students were bubbling with excitement and energy the entire period! Are you ready to UNLOCK THE FUN?!?!

*Requirements for the game no matter which way you play: Smart devices with QR scanners and Internet access.

*Optional no matter which way you play: UV pen with UV flashlight. (Can be purchased online for around $10.) Access to youtube.com for the teacher-prep tutorial.

*Physical Lock Box: 5-digit letter lock, 4-digit number lock, 3-digit number lock, 5-digit directional lock, key lock, hasp, box

*Some assembly and set up required for some clues.

*Suggested time may vary based on class.

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "This is fun and creative. My advanced students enjoy this type of activity. Regular classes sometimes have more difficulty but just as much fun. Engaging students in activities like this really makes them think about the learning!"

♥ "I used this activity after analyzing Patrick Henry's Speech to the Virginia Convention, and my students ate it up. Every student was engaged! My principal stopped in for an evaluation, and she couldn't resist joining in."

♥ "I love how thorough this whole lesson is put together. It's an involved plan, but I believe I have all the parts and pieces to make it effective and fun for my students."

♥ "This seller seeks to create innovative lessons that truly engages learners. I have personally reached out, and she responds with great empathy. This resource is great, and the seller highly recommended!"

Using one box might make you a little apprehensive. No worries. Take a quick glance at my free video tutorial. Click Here.

Related Persuasive Appeals Resources:

Ethos, Pathos, Logos BUNDLE *DOES NOT include this game.*

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Complete Teaching Pack with guided lecture, sketch notes, tutorials, guided practice, sorting,and assessment

- Ethos, Pathos, Logos Creative Project with creative group project to apply terms

- Persuasive/Rhetorical Appeals Speech Excerpts (Ethos Pathos Logos) Task Cards to practice identifying skills from the real-world

Plus, check out my other lock box, escape-style games, too!

MLA Escape Box

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Escape Box

Fahrenheit 451 Escape Box

The Great Gatsby Escape Box

New Year's Escape Game

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For more ideas and inspiration:

Faulkner's Fast Five Blog

Julie's Classroom Stories on Instagram

Julie's Classroom Stories on Facebook

Teaching Middle and High School English Facebook Group

Yearbook and Journalism Facebook Group


Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout. Art and images documented inside the file.

Updated 2021

Total Pages
Video tutorial and 28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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