Analyzing Rhetorical Devices – Digital Collaborative Analysis Activity


Have your students collaborate digitally and analyze rhetorical devices with this digital-based rhetorical analysis collaboration analysis activity!

Engage students in authentic rhetorical analysis with this digital collaborative analysis activity that focuses on analyzing the rhetorical devices. This teaching resource includes two Google-docs that are ideal for any fiction text.

**Teacher tip** When assigning this activity, I suggest to not give the entire document to students at once because there are so many different devices included. Instead, select a few devices that work best with your chosen text and only assign 2-4 devices to students at a time.

Analyzing Rhetorical Devices Doc 1 – Collaborative Analysis

Step 1: Digital collaboration. In the first document, students collaborate and answer a series of text-based questions about the rhetorical devices. Students will work together to answer one guiding question together, and then each student will contribute to the collaborative discussion by answering a question individually.

This analyzing rhetorical devices response to rhetoric activity includes 11 standards-based questions in the first document. Each question requires students to find and cite evidence to support their answers. As students collaborate together in this shared document, they will help each other analyze and better understand the story.

Analyzing Rhetorical Devices Doc 2 – Individual Writing Assignment

Step 2: Individual writing. In the second document, students will demonstrate their understanding of rhetorical analysis and how and why authors and speakers use rhetorical devices by responding to the writing prompt and writing a one-paragraph rhetorical analysis response.

The writing prompt, which focuses on analyzing the devices of the text, includes sentence frames to help teach academic writing to students.

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This is a SMARTePlans digital activity that is ideal for the 1:1 secondary ELA classroom, remote and distance teaching, and hybrid teaching.

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