Lesson 1 (from Book I, Chapters 1-3)
Book I, Chapters 1-3
Aristotle's writings about rhetoric are still regarded as a main influence in speeches and logic. This lesson is about the time period during which Aristotle lived, his intentions for writing the book, and the effect it has had throughout the generations.
1) Class Discussion: Who was Aristotle? What time period did he live in? Based on the time in which he lived, what might have inspired him to write about rhetoric? Who were Aristotle's teachers? What influence could they have had on his theories and writings?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down 3 things that Aristotle might have been trying to accomplish when writing about rhetoric. Afterward, talk about the answers and the reasons why Aristotle wrote about rhetoric so extensively.
3) Partner or Group Discussion: What does it say about a document that it can survive for centuries...
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