Additional Practice: Effectiveness in Speeches & Commercials

As practice, (NOT HOMEWORK), watch these videos and answer the following questions.  I wanted to do this in class, but we ran out of time. :(  This is GREAT practice to test your skills.  I've provided background information for each video.  The last video (Elizabeth Glaser) has questions and a writing exercise for you to try. :)
Zach Wahls, a 19-year old University of Iowa student, spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa:  
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1. What were some of the different methods of persuasion and argumentation in the videos?
2. What appeals did you notices in the videos?
3. For the videos that were really persuasive, what worked for them?
4. For the videos that weren't so persuasive, what didn't work for them?
5. What did you learn from the videos, or rather, what might you experiment with that you saw in the videos?

*****Elizabeth Glaser was a major American AIDS activist and child advocate who got AIDS by a blood transfusion that was infected with HIV.  She had a son and a daughter who were both infected because she breast fed them, and her daughter died at the age of seven.  In this video, Elizabeth gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1992 and criticized the lack of funding and initiative to take down the AIDS crisis.

Subject: AIDS

Audience: Democratic National Convention

Purpose: to get America’s leaders to become more involved with not only AIDS but health organizations as well

Emotional appeal:

Ethical appeal:

Logical appeal:

Tone: How do you know?


What rhetorical devices did she employ? 

Was her argument successful?  Why or why not?  Write a brief argument defending your stance.  Be sure to include: an introduction, thesis, evidence (quotes from the speech, tone, body language, facial expressions, etc.), reasoning to support your evidence, organization, a counter-argument & rebuttal, and a sound conclusion. 

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