7.12: Use rhetorical devices

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Instructions for students:
Watch Chris explain some powerful rhetorical devices and how you can use them.

 

Here is a list of 10 rhetorical devices:

1. Powerful Opening Statements
“Real-life“ problems
Amazing facts
Anecdotes

2. Rhetorical Questions
Get people to think

3. Dramatic Contrast/ Antithesis
Compare two alternatives

4. The Power of Three
Three is an easy number to remember

5. Machine gunning
Fire away, if you have many benefits or points to offer and add the most important point at the very end

6. Repetition
The art of repetition is to repeat yourself without using the same words

7. Build-Ups
The last sentence is a simple summary

8. Appeal to authority/ emotion/ logic
Rely on expert opinions, appeal to feelings or persuade through deductive reasoning

9. Visualization
Use pictures or create one in their mind

10. Simplification
Cut all words except the most important ones

Activity
Practice giving a 3-5 minute presentation on a topic of your choice using at least 5 rhetorical devices. Give each other feedback.

 

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