Analyzing Rhetorical Devices

We want to teach students how to identify and analyze the choices speakers/writers make in their texts. Analyzing rhetorical devices like narration, analogies, parallel structure and repetition helps students understand how speakers/writers use language to communicate and support ideas.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

R4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
R8
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
SL3
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
L4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
L5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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