ERIC Number: ED028185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Unit 1204: The Evaluation of Persuasive Discourse.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.
This unit for grade 12 is intended to provide an introduction to the criticism of persuasive discourse. After a brief discussion of the definition of criticism, the unit proceeds to the establishment of standards for evaluating persuasive discourse, standards involving Kenneth Burke's pentad: act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose. The unit then deals with three categories of discourse which can be evaluated--the single speech or article, the persuasive discourse of a person, and the persuasive discourse of a movement. To aid in the process of criticism itself, a format of questions is set up to require the students to place the speech in a meaningful context, to analyze the speech itself, and to assess the effects of the speech. Finally, this format is used in a sample analysis of Douglas MacArthur's "Address to Congress." Procedural notes for the teacher, lectures, and discussion questions are included. (JS)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Guides, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Evaluative Thinking, Grade 12, Instructional Materials, Language, Literary Criticism, Propaganda, Rhetoric, Secondary Education, Speeches, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.