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Rhetoric in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Rhetoric in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar


Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

Objective: Students will be able to identify and summarize the rhetorical appeals used in Antony's speech in Act III, Scene II of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.

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For students to be able to fulfill the goals of the above objective, they will...

  1. Read through Act III, Scene II of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
  2. Understand the definition of the words rhetoric, ethos, pathos, and logos after viewing the rhetoric slideshow.
  3. View film adaptation of Antony's speech.
  4. Read a modern day translation of the speech.
  5. Complete graphic organizer.
  6. Take short quiz.

Rhetoric Slideshow

This slideshow defines rhetoric, as well as ethos, pathos and logos.

Rhetoric Graphic Organizer