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Pruim, Douglas E. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Critically fun is a single-class activity for communication classes discussing persuasive messages, the effects of mass media, or rhetorical analysis (e.g. public speaking, communication theory, mass media, and rhetoric). Objectives: By the end of the activity, students should be able to analyze critically the rhetorical significance of…
Descriptors: Communications, Persuasive Discourse, Humor, Political Issues
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Mapes, Meggie – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Storytelling, persuasion, gender and communication, argumentation and debate. Objectives: In this essay, I map a unit-specific activity for an undergraduate class in argumentation and debate. I argue for the integration of a trans-affirming pedagogy as a key rhetorical frame in communication studies courses. Such pedagogical commitments…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Debate, Interpersonal Communication
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Haugen, Jenna; Lucas, Kristen – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public speaking, business and professional communication, group communication. Objectives: This activity will introduce Monroe's Motivated Sequence as a way to organize persuasive arguments; improve students' ability to deliver presentations with consistent content, voice, and style; and improve team-based delivery skills.
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Communication Skills, Group Activities, Public Speaking
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Engstrom, Craig L. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Business and Professional Communication, Persuasion. Objectives: Students demonstrate application of rhetorical invention and improved persuasive writing style through a brief, multi-draft writing activity.
Descriptors: Business Communication, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Cooper, Troy B. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasion, Political Communication, and Media Communication. Objectives: By the end of this activity, students should be able to: explain the key components of Lloyd Bitzer's rhetorical situation; assess and navigate various conditions affecting various speaking situations; conduct audience analysis…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasive Discourse, Audience Analysis
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Dubisar, Abby M.; Hunt, Kathleen P. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Rhetorical Criticism, Composition, Environmental Communication. Objectives: This unit activity, for which students view a documentary to identify and evaluate persuasive ethos and then create their own rhetorical messages for reducing food waste, serves as a platform for teaching both the critique and practice of rhetoric, as well as…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Rhetorical Criticism, Writing (Composition), Wastes
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Seiter, John S.; Gass, Robert H.; Seiter, Christian R. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Persuasion, Compliance Gaining. Objectives: In this single-class activity, based loosely on the video-game sensation Pokémon GO, students learn about, enact, and "capture" a variety of compliance-gaining tactics. Along the way, they gain awareness of various approaches to persuasion, the implications of using such approaches,…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Class Activities, Video Games, Compliance (Psychology)
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Gatchet, Roger Davis; Gatchet, Amanda Davis; Farquhar, Zoe C. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Communication Theory, Nonverbal Communication, Public Speaking. Objective: At the end of this activity, students should be able to define key components of expectancy violations theory and apply the theory to analyze violations that occurred in Clint Eastwood's speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Descriptors: Audiences, Speeches, Conferences (Gatherings), Nonverbal Communication
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Lawless, Brandi – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Intercultural Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication and Education. Objectives: This activity is designed to help students to problem-pose and think critically about policies/laws that influence education. Students will be exposed to U.S. policy and will be able to articulate a critical dissent of such documents.
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Dissent, Critical Theory, Intercultural Communication
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Young, Joshua E.; Potter, David J. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: This activity is designed specifically for public-speaking courses, but it could be used in the general introductory communication course. It also holds potential for use in persuasion, argumentation, or strategic communication courses. Objectives: This activity helps students understand audience as a more complicated concept--one that…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Introductory Courses, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Hamilton, Heidi – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Persuasion; Persuasive Speaking. Objectives: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply persuasive concepts in constructing persuasive messages creatively, and students will present and analyze their persuasive messages.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Creative Thinking, Rhetorical Invention, Rhetorical Criticism
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Ramos Salazar, Leslie – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, Persuasion, or any other skill-based oral communication course. Objectives: Students will practice the development and demonstration of persuasive arguments in this single-class social judgment theory activity to improve their ability to change resistant audience attitudes.
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Resistance (Psychology), Social Theories, Public Speaking
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Pawlowski, Donna R. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Presentational courses such as Public Speaking, Interviewing, Business and Professional, Persuasion, Interpersonal; any course where civility may be promoted in the classroom. Objectives: At the end of this single-class activity, students will have an understanding of civility in order to: (1) identify civility and consequences of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Questioning Techniques, Persuasive Discourse, Interpersonal Communication
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Leopold, Lisa – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Advanced Public Speaking, Argumentation Theory. Objectives: This activity aims to enhance students' ability to make statistics compelling and persuasive.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Rhetorical Theory, Statistics
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Hanasono, Lisa K. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: This semester-long project is suited for courses on persuasion, diversity, social media, communication and technology, social advocacy, service-learning, or social justice. Objective: This assignment challenges students to research, design, launch, maintain, and assess an anti-hate social media campaign.
Descriptors: Community Coordination, Student Projects, Persuasive Discourse, Social Media
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