ERIC Number: EJ1031679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 26
Using Hip-Hop Music and Music Videos to Teach Aristotle's Three Proofs
Sciullo, Nick J.
Communication Teacher, v28 n3 p165-169 2014
Aristotle's three proofs remain central to students' understanding of argumentation and persuasion. They are fundamental for those just beginning rhetorical study, as well as being of interest to experienced scholars. Investing time in learning the proofs supports students' future practice and study of rhetoric. Unfortunately, the vocabulary of classical rhetoric can be daunting for undergraduates (Brummett, 2010). Yet, there is hope. Research suggests that when students and teachers agree on learning styles, learning is more likely to occur (Dunn & Dunn, 1993). In other words, creative pedagogues can find ways to demonstrate the importance of classical rhetorical theory for unlocking the persuasive power of discourse in popular texts. One way to do this is to use hip-hop as a pedagogical lens to make Aristotle's proofs current and interesting. The activity described here is appropriate for courses in Argumentation, Rhetorical Theory, Public Speaking, and Persuasion.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Rhetoric, Undergraduate Students, Cognitive Style, Teaching Methods, Music, Popular Culture, Singing, Philosophy, Class Activities, Video Technology
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