Rationalism Unit

Rhetoric - Ethos, Pathos, and Logos


(n) the art of persuasive communication. Includes ethos (is the speaker / author a reliable source?), pathos (the emotional appeal an author makes to his / her audience), and logos (the logical appeal an author makes to his / her audience).

Rationalism Intro Page - GaVS Course Content

Be sure to read and reread this intro page - it gives you an excellent definition of rationalism.

Additionally, remember the Essential Questions for the Rationalism Unit as you read - are key in having a complete understanding of the texts within this unit: 1) the types of texts read in the Rationalism Unit; 2) the conventions of written and oral language used in this period; and 3) how the literature of this period relates to the political turmoil faced by the colonists against Britain.

This is good stuff - enjoy!

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Identifying Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in The Declaration of Independence

The following link takes you to a copy of the Declaration text, with a color-coded analysis of the ethos, pathos, and logos used by the Founding Fathers in order to make their rhetorical argument that the 13 American colonies should be e free from British tyranny and rule. This is a great practice if you're still having trouble with these terms!


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GAVS News Item Video Ethos Pathos Logos KW F2015

Identifying Rhetorical Strategies in Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention"

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15:00 Video Explaining How to Add Analysis - Please Watch!

ID Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in The Declaration:

Very helpful site! Color-coded for your enjoyment, as well!

Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in Advertising

Studying the use of rhetorical appeals through advertising - very helpful!

Revolutionary Unit Rhetorical Strategies Test Key

Please be sure you're logged into your GAVS O365 account in order to access this document; otherwise, you'll receive an error comment. This is a wonderful practice test for you to study!

Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in Public Speaking

Another excellent resource to assist you in your study of ethos, pathos, and logos in persuasive speaking and writing!