Sunday, January 22, 2012

Geeks and Greeks

We launched our persuasive writing unit and I began with Aristotle's conception of rhetoric. I asked the kids to deduce what each word meant based on its root.

"Ethos must have something to do with ethics," guessed N.

"Wouldn't Logos mean logical?" suggested K.

But Pathos stumped them. "Sympathy...empathy...pathetic..." I prompted.

"Pythagorean Theorem!" yelled J. I love my job.

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