Activity 6 : Rhetoric

Instructions: In class, we discussed the different types of Rhetoric (deliberative, forensic, epideictic). For this activity, you will need to refer to class notes from unit 5: Rhetoric.

(1) Define each type of rhetoric and provide an example for each (preferably not an example given in class)

Instructions: In class, we also discussed five cannons of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery). You will need to know each cannon to complete this next part.

(2) Please watch this video: https://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together. Answer each of these questions with complete sentences.

  • What were the major arguments offered by the speaker? What other arguments were missing that would have made their speech better?
  • How was the speech organized?
  • What sort of style was used during the speech? What sort of words were chosen? What stylistic choices do you think were made?
  • How was the speech delivered (i.e., from memory, from notes, extemporaneously)?
  • What sort of delivery techniques (i.e., gestures, eye contact, vocal inflections, etc.) did you notice during the speech?

(3) Now it is your turn. You are tasked with giving a motivational speech in COMM 104, use the 5 cannons of rhetoric to design a speech. Make sure to be clear in your choices for each.

  • Invention:
  • Arrangement:
  • Style:
  • Memory:
  • Delivery: