The Anchor Papers—these are “samples”—responses vary
Camera Shots (these are worth 50 points)
The traditional definition of rhetoric, first proposed by Aristotle, and embellished over the centuries by scholars and teachers, is that rhetoric is the art of observing in any given case the “available means of persuasion.”
Reading to “develop an understanding of a text, written or visual, that is based first on the words and images themselves and then on the larger ideas those words suggest.”
Defining an author’s purpose, then identifying and analyzing the techniques and strategies employed to achieve that purpose.
Whose idea was this rhetoric thing?
Socrates: 469-399 B.C.E.
Father of Western philosophy and Mentor to Plato. Epistemology and logic.
Plato: 424-348 B.C.E.
Student of Socrates and founder of “The Academy” Philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric and mathematics.
Aristotle: 384-322 B.C.E.
Student of Plato, and teacher to Alexander the Great.