Rhetorical Devices Glossary Learning Idea

Teach to Learn

Every discipline employs a special vocabulary; rhetoric is no exception. To encourage you to remember and understand these terms, you will be creating a glossary as a class. Each student will teach five assigned terms to the class. You can present your “lesson” via posters, powerpoint or handout, demonstrating an understanding of your assigned terms.
During the presentation, all non-presenters will be responsible for recording every entry for their own personal glossary that I will check at a later date. This will become an invaluable resource for the AP Language exam – trust me!

Part I: Lesson Requirements

Your lesson must be interactive – meaning quiz, fill-in handout, power point, review game, etc. –that doubles as a visual aid/guide to your “lesson”. The lesson will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Remember YOU are the expert on these terms. Define, give an example and explain the term’s purpose/function to the class. Your examples must come from the texts we study in class (summer reading and dialectical journals are included). There will be three lessons per class and sign-up dates will be provided.

Part II: Glossary Requirements

The end product is a complete set or “glossary” of all rhetorical terms taught in alphabetical order. Each glossary entry should include: term, example and function. Each student will complete all of glossary entries according to this format EXACTLY. The glossary will be submitted in early spring (March/April) and reviewed quickly so you can use it as a study guide for the exam.

Format
Term: Definition of the rhetorical term [ii]
Example: Quotation, followed by source, including title, page/line number
Function: Author’s purpose in employing this language resource at this point in the work. How does this particular rhetorical strategy enhance the writer’s
argument, purpose, tone? You may comment on theme, character, style, or
whatever else is important in explaining how this device functions in this
particular instance.
Example 1

Allusion: A reference to a literary, mythological, or historical person, place, or event that is generally deemed to be common knowledge.
Example: Referring to Biff and Happy, Willy Loman states, “That’s why I thank
Almighty God you’re both built like Adonises. Because the man who makes an
appearance . . . .” (Death of a Salesman Act I, 21).
Function: According to Greek myth, Adonis was such a beautiful baby that Aphrodite put him in a chest to keep him safe. In keeping with his value system and idealistic beliefs, Willie is supremely grateful that his sons were “Adonises,”
ensuring (at least in Willy’s mind) that their good looks would lead to
immediate success in the business world. Ironically — and contributing to the
tragedy of Death of a Salesman – his sons’ looks did not help them “get
ahead.”