Election Results from Elevator Speeches
The class's next job, then, is to divide into 8 groups of 4 each. The groups are determined by the following presidents (with the exception of President Lincoln and Harrison--we will have a run-off in class today to determine the primary winner).
Group 1: Grover Cleveland
Group 2: John Adams
Group 3: Milliard Fillmore
Group 4: Herbert Hoover
Group 5: George Washington
Group 6: Woodrow Wilson
Group 7: James A. Garfield
Group 8: Grover Cleveland 2nd term
The top 8 candidates, then, will now conduct an election campaign that includes picking a vice president, and two campaign managers. The tasks will include carefully crafting a platform for persuasion, a campaign speech, a campaign video ad, a poster, and swag (election buttons, stickers, etc.). This is the time for you to allow your knowledge of rhetorical mode (appeals to logos, pathos, ethos), logical fallacies, the rhetorical triangle, and rhetorical devices/strategies to combine with your creativity and your knowledge of your president to create some spectacular stuff.
We will work today and tomorrow (Friday, December 5) in class. The election will be held on the Week of December 15th!
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