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Real World Rhetoric #5, Argument Analysis of Modern Essay, Critical Thinking

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88 Ratings
Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Formats Included
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5-page PDF
Laura Randazzo
Includes Google Apps™
The Teacher-Author indicated this resource includes assets from Google Workspace (e.g. docs, slides, etc.).

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Because I have mixed grade levels in my class, I found this resource met many of their specific needs.
As a virtual special education teacher, I need fun and easy to use material. This meets and exceeds my needs! Highly recommend! I used this material to help students study for the GED!


What does it take to win an argument? With these real-world rhetorical analysis materials, students will examine a short essay on a high-interest topic, identify specific rhetorical tools, and determine whether the writer is ultimately effective in swaying the reader.

The essay in Real World Rhetoric #5 attempts to convince readers that students aren't motivated by cash rewards; they actually crave a surprisingly different prize.

This 5-page download includes:

• A full-text copy of a public domain argument essay

• A paper-saving handout of short answer questions

• A Google Drive version of the essay and questions for students to complete online

• A detailed answer key to make grading easier and help the teacher lead a discussion of the answers

These materials were designed to help students begin the process of preparation for the analysis of argument prompts featured in the AP English Language and Composition exam and the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts essay.

Please note: This lesson was originally designed as part of my SAT essay prep materials, "Deconstruct the Argument." Now that the College Board no longer includes an essay portion in the SAT, I've retooled these materials to fit my Real-World Rhetoric series. If you previously purchased this item, it already appears in your "My Purchases" area and you can re-download this update at no additional charge. Also, all feedback/comments in the thread below dated prior to June 2022 are connected to the SAT-prep version of these materials.

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Total Pages
5-page PDF
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).


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