Students analyze a ProCon.org micro site, looking specifically for the use of rhetorical devices.
Working individually, students should read through the pro and con arguments on a ProCon.org micro site and categorize each argument in terms of its rhetoric device/appeal (ethos, pathos, logos). Once the students have finished, instruct them to get into pairs and compare answers. They should attempt to come to consensus on the rhetorical analysis used in each statement, creating a single list to turn in for credit. At this point, bring the class back together and go over each argument individually. Call on pairs to share their answers and reasoning and correct misconceptions as necessary. This can be followed with a short class discussion on which side of the argument is now more compelling. If desired, end the class with a quiz on the three rhetorical devices, testing definitions and further unrelated examples.