Thursday, 9/4

I collected and checked the Lincoln prompt annotations at the start of class. Then I defined rhetoric and explained to students what we had to look for in examining the rhetorical situation of a text (persona of the speaker, exigence/context, audience, purpose). We practiced this with the 2005 Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech, and then students attempted their own analysis of the rhetorical situation for Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Homework: finish the rhetorical situation (PEAP) handout for the Lincoln speech.