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Parviz, Elnaz – Communication Teacher, 2020
Courses: Public speaking. Objective: This activity introduces and activates Monroe's Motivated Sequence.
Descriptors: Communications, Public Speaking, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods
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Rood, Craig – Communication Teacher, 2020
As a communication educator, the author's goal is to help students examine and understand how communication addresses--or, in this case, fails to address--public problems such as gun violence. Communication concepts can provide insight about America's bewildering debates about gun violence, and in turn, these debates can help illustrate and refine…
Descriptors: Weapons, Violence, Social Problems, Persuasive Discourse
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Cooper, Troy B. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasion, Political Communication, and Media Communication. Objectives: By the end of this activity, students should be able to: explain the key components of Lloyd Bitzer's rhetorical situation; assess and navigate various conditions affecting various speaking situations; conduct audience analysis…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasive Discourse, Audience Analysis
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Haugen, Jenna; Lucas, Kristen – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public speaking, business and professional communication, group communication. Objectives: This activity will introduce Monroe's Motivated Sequence as a way to organize persuasive arguments; improve students' ability to deliver presentations with consistent content, voice, and style; and improve team-based delivery skills.
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Communication Skills, Group Activities, Public Speaking
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Engstrom, Craig L. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Business and Professional Communication, Persuasion. Objectives: Students demonstrate application of rhetorical invention and improved persuasive writing style through a brief, multi-draft writing activity.
Descriptors: Business Communication, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Dubisar, Abby M.; Hunt, Kathleen P. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Rhetorical Criticism, Composition, Environmental Communication. Objectives: This unit activity, for which students view a documentary to identify and evaluate persuasive ethos and then create their own rhetorical messages for reducing food waste, serves as a platform for teaching both the critique and practice of rhetoric, as well as…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Rhetorical Criticism, Writing (Composition), Wastes
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Lawless, Brandi – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Intercultural Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication and Education. Objectives: This activity is designed to help students to problem-pose and think critically about policies/laws that influence education. Students will be exposed to U.S. policy and will be able to articulate a critical dissent of such documents.
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Dissent, Critical Theory, Intercultural Communication
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Young, Joshua E.; Potter, David J. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: This activity is designed specifically for public-speaking courses, but it could be used in the general introductory communication course. It also holds potential for use in persuasion, argumentation, or strategic communication courses. Objectives: This activity helps students understand audience as a more complicated concept--one that…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Introductory Courses, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Hamilton, Heidi – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Persuasion; Persuasive Speaking. Objectives: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply persuasive concepts in constructing persuasive messages creatively, and students will present and analyze their persuasive messages.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Creative Thinking, Rhetorical Invention, Rhetorical Criticism
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Hahn, Allison Hailey – Communication Teacher, 2016
Many instructors and textbooks encourage the use of debate and critical thinking in the classroom by creating artificial public space in which students then act out engagements. The tools gained from such activities do encourage better thinking and speaking, but they do not adequately prepare students for "real" situations when they must…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Debate, Advocacy, Public Speaking
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Hunter, Karla M. – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Argumentation, Public Speaking, Political Communication. Objectives: After completing this unit activity, students should be able to (1) demonstrate comprehension of Burke's (1941) concept of terministic screens; (2) apply the concept of terministic screens to write a brief political autobiography of themselves that analyzes the history…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Assignments, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Persuasive Discourse
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Hill, Ian E. J. – Communication Teacher, 2015
Challenging students to educate the public about how rhetoric functions is a primary impetus of the argumentative dictionary eBook. In this author's classes, "rhetoric" means the communicative tactics and strategies used to motivate actions and beliefs. With its emphasis on open-access rhetorical pedagogy, this project and its impetus…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Student Developed Materials, Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse
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Smith, Christina M. – Communication Teacher, 2015
As Barry Brummett (1984) has argued, the purpose of rhetorical theory is pedagogical--providing students with resources for understanding the rhetorical transactions that they encounter every day. An understanding of the implications of ideology is necessary for advanced communication students. Kellner and Share (2005) contend that this is…
Descriptors: Ideology, Theories, Rhetoric, Power Structure
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Ramos Salazar, Leslie – Communication Teacher, 2015
Rocca's (2010) extensive literature review suggests that some students are reticent in voicing their opinions due to the fear of rejection by their peers when using the persuasive approach and for believing that their voice does not matter in public settings. Similarly, Arnot and Reay (2007) often find an imbalance of power, which fosters the…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Rhetoric, Student Attitudes, Environmental Influences
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Engstrom, Craig Lee – Communication Teacher, 2012
This article presents an activity that engages students in a fun and collaborative process of learning, with a primary objective of teaching them how to identify and label formal and informal argumentative fallacies. After playing a variation of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," students ought to be better prepared to craft stronger arguments and…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Textbooks, Learning Processes, Television
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