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Art of Persuasion

Introducing Persuasion to middle school

Katherine Skarzynski

on 24 February 2014

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Transcript of Art of Persuasion


a precedent is an earlier action that can be used as an example for a later action
Using a previous situation as evidence
Taking an example from a reliable source

Example: When Mr. Helmeck was teaching in the classroom, his team would not follow a bell schedule and would dismiss based on teachers alone. His team had significant drops in tardies during this time. This same model might work again today to help reduce the number of tardies in the building.
Citing Precedents
think of possible objections to your argument. Answer these before they are mentioned
What might people say to go against an argument you have made?
Can you address this in your argument?
Anticipating Objections
Consequence = result

consider what might happen if people support your opinion and what might happen if they do not
If you support ___________, then ____________ will be made possible.
If you choose to ignore my argument, then __________ will never work for the better.
Exploring Consequences
What is a precedent you might cite for one of the following opinions?
Changing the lunch options or provider
Allowing each student bring their own technology to use to help them learn in class
Imagine you are asking your parents for
A new pet in the home
Money to buy __________
Make a small T-chart in your notebook
Side one: List their possible objections
Side two: List what you will say to address these objections
Choose one of the following positions:
The community should install street lamps on every street
The school should provide students with iPads to use during the school day
Think of one positive consequence...
If you allow this then what benefit will happen
Now think of one negative consequence...
If you do not allow this then what will go wrong
persuade: to convince someone to believe or act as you would like them to believe or act
In order for people to adopt YOUR way of thingking...
Know your
Who is my audience?
How should you approach an audience?
Does my audience agree with me or disagree?
Choice and Structure
Grab the attention of the audience
using a Rhetorical Question
and never forget your PURPOSE
Why is author's purpose important in persuasion?
Still Fighting
Running on Fumes
A Shot in the Arm
Listen to how President Obama and Gov. Mit Romney used PERSUASION in attempts to become President
Evaluate Precedents
Evaluate Objections
Evaluate Exploring Consequences

Look at how they address the following as well
Audience- nation; Do they reach this audience?
Word Choice- What powerful verbs, nouns, or adjectives are used?
Authors Purpose- What seems to be their purpose for this section? Inform or Persuade?
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