· Recognize rhetorical devices used to influence attitudes and beliefs.
· Read Ch. 4, 5 & 6 of Critical Thinking.
· Review Ch. 4, 5, & 6 Web resources.
· Resource: Web Site Resources Tutorial at http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/axia/crt205V11/website_resources_tutorial.htm
· Review the Chapter Overview, Frequently Asked Questions, Tips on Applications, Help with Exercises, and PowerPoint Presentations sections of the McGraw-Hill companion Web site for Ch. 4, 5, & 6 at http://www.mhhe.com/criticalthinking8.
2. Exercise: Review Quizzes (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)
· Resource:Review Quiz Tutorial at http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/axia/crt205/crt205.htm
· Complete the following Review Quizzes at http://www.mhhe.com/criticalthinking8
· Copy and pasteyour quiz results into a new post.
Persuasion via Rhetoric Quiz I
Persuasion via Rhetoric Quiz II
Psychological Fallacies Quiz I
More Fallacies Quiz I
More Fallacies Quiz II
3. Discussion Questions
· Revisit the PowerPoint® Presentation section of the McGraw-Hill companion Web site at http://www.mhhe.com/criticalthinking8 for Ch. 4. Examine the examples of rhetorical devices and choose one that either makes an emotional impact on you or sparks your interest.
Copy and paste the example into the body of a forum message and include your response to the following question: Why does the example affect you, and what is the statement’s persuasive motive? Comment on the examples provided by your classmates by stating whether and why their examples affect you.
· According to Moore and Parker (2007), “Even definitions by example can slant a discussion if the examples are prejudicially chosen…If one wants to see all sides of an issue, one must avoid definitions and examples that slant a discussion” (p. 121). This rule also applies to the use of rhetorical explanations. Consider the following prejudicial rhetorical devices:
o SUVs are apartment homes on wheels (a rhetorical definition).
o Said by a student who is new to honors classes and struggling with them: “I would have aced that test if I weren’t in a class full of brainiacs. They studied too much and ruined the curve!” (a rhetorical explanation)
Post your response to the following: How might a person distinguish between the prejudicial and nonprejudicial use of rhetorical devices? Provide an example of each and comment on the examples posted by your classmates.