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"First Inaugural Address" by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (p. 553)

Read the essay; copy & study the notes; complete the Edmodo quiz. In class, complete "After You Read," Grammar, & vocab.

Literary Analysis: Persuasive Speech (p. 539)
In a persuasive speech, a speaker tries to convince listeners to think or act a certain way. Good persuasive speeches present information and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically so listeners can follow the reasoning. Persuasive speakers often use rhetorical devices, patterns of words and ideas that create emphasis and stir emotion. Common rhetorical devices include the following:
  • Parallelism: repeating a grammatical structure or an arrangement of words to create rhythm and momentum.
  • Restatement: expressing the same idea in different words to clarify and stress key points.
  • Repetition: using the same words frequently to reinforce concepts and unify the speech.
  • Analogy: drawing comparison that shows a similarity between two unlike things.

Reading Skill: Persuasive Techniques (p. 539)
Persuasive techniques are devices used to influence the audience in favor or the author’s argument. In addition to presenting evidence in a persuasive speech, a speaker may also use emotionally charged language and rhetorical devices such as those described previously.
To analyze and evaluate persuasive techniques, read aloud to hear the effect. Notice the emotional impact of certain words and of the rhythm and momentum created by specific word patterns.
As you read, consider the purpose and effect of these techniques and then decide whether the speaker has supported his ideas with valid evidence.

Vocabulary Words & Worksheet (on Pearson Success)