Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rhetoric Class

This was a cool assignment, part of K's rhetoric class.  We had special fun with the final category.  The kids are learning the ancient Greek methodology for rhetoric and lessons so far have included: pathos, ethos and logos persuasion, the invention stage of developing an argument: understanding fact, quality, definition, procedure , and defining an audience for persuasive argument.
 
Think I'm getting nervous about winning household arguments?  Yep....
 
Original:
In an old house in Paris
That was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
Words reorganized
In Paris, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In an old house that was covered with vines.
Synonym substitution:
An ancient residence near the Louvre, which had many live plants on its walls, housed a dozen small female children in one more than one non-squiggly lines.
Amplification:
An ancient house, so very old that it is amazing that it is still standing, located in a wonderful place near the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower in the magnificent city of Paris, was buried with the oldest plant structure known to mankind. This was the residence of half dozens of little female human beings in two extraordinarily firm and straight lines.
Simplification:
Twelve little girls lived in a house in Paris.
Classic to contemporary:
To a new public school in Belmont, that was scraped of its vines, were driven hundreds of bored children, who would soon be in lines.

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