Creating A Response From An Audience

Creating A Response From An Audience

Poverty's Poster Child


Discuss “Poverty’s Poster Child” with your classmates.

  • What’s Kristof’s column saying about poverty on Native American reservations?
  • What does life on the reservation look like as a result of the poverty?
  • According to Kristof, what are some of the causes of the poverty?

What Is Most Persuasive?

Work Time

Write a response to the following question.

  • What aspect or paragraph of Kristof’s column is most persuasive to you? Or, which part has the greatest impact on you?

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Share your thinking with a partner.

  • Working together, can you find any reasons why the paragraphs or sentences you chose were persuasive or affecting?

Rhetorical Triangle

Work Time

The “rhetorical triangle” is a way of looking at strategies that writers use to try to persuade people.

Reread “Poverty’s Poster Child” and annotate to identify rhetorical appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos.

Then discuss the following with your classmates.

  • What rhetorical appeals are strongest in this column?
  • What would you say the tone is?
  • Why is this not satire?

Favorite Side of Rhetorical Triangle


In small groups, discuss this question.

  • Which aspect of the rhetorical triangle do you find the most convincing and effective? Explain why.

A Modest Proposal


Read “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift. Annotate as you go, and try to answer these questions.

  • What was your response as you read the essay?
  • What was your response two hours (or more) later?

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