Rhetorical Analysis Unit with Sticky Notes: Activities, Writing, and PowerPoint


Increase student engagement and understanding with this rhetorical analysis unit. This unit includes everything and more that you’ll need to teach your students about rhetorical analysis.

This hands-on sticky note rhetorical analysis includes an editable PowerPoint presentation with an entire week of direct instruction for rhetorical analysis, a sample speech to analyze with your students, and materials and writing assignments to use with any speech!

Your students will love these interactive and hands-on close reading organizers and scaffolded writing responses. Students will enjoy using sticky notes in class as they analyze complex speeches and nonfiction texts.

This sticky note rhetorical analysis unit is a great way to help students learn to thoroughly analyze text.

This lesson includes:

  • an editable, 87-slide PowerPoint for teaching rhetorical analysis (with definitions and examples)
  • 18 rhetorical analysis organizers
  • 9 writing prompts with outlines
  • 2 grading rubrics
  • teacher instructions
  • a sample week lesson plan
  • three included speeches
  • suggested speeches for further instruction

The PowerPoint includes these teachable slides:

  • rhetoric
  • SOAPStone
  • speaker
  • occasion
  • audience
  • purpose
  • tone
  • tone words
  • diction
  • connotation
  • denotation
  • the rhetorical triangle
  • ethos
  • pathos
  • logos
  • rhetorical tropes
  • rhetorical schemes
  • allusion
  • apostrophe
  • metaphor
  • simile
  • personification
  • alliteration
  • assonance
  • consonance
  • onomatopoeia
  • hyperbole
  • oxymoron
  • rhetorical question
  • parallel structure
  • juxtaposition
  • asyndeton
  • polysyndeton
  • anadiplosis
  • anaphora
  • chiasmus

*This unit was designed to be used in a high school classroom and it is rigorous enough for AP Language and Composition students. Also, since the direct instruction PowerPoint is editable and there are a variety of organizers, this unit is also suitable to use in the middle school classroom with minimal modification.

This unit includes almost all of the resources you will need for a complete rhetorical analysis unit. You will need to choose and provide additional text you read in class to make your own unit come to life. With a little prep work and all of the materials in this unit, you will teach the best rhetorical analysis unit ever!

The included PDF pages are secured and not editable.

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