Students’ age range: 14-16
Topic: Techniques of Persuasion
Description: Teacher and students will decide on the rules that participants in the Socratic seminar must observe.
Students will be guided into a discussion where they will be lead to form a working definition of the language of persuasion. Students will be seated in a circular arrangement and will watch a video where persuasive language is used. Through the use of questioning students will be guided to form a working definition of the language of persuasion.
Socratic Seminar. Students will watch a video of a pastor/politician using persuasive language. Students will also be given a transcription of the speech. Students will evaluate the speech through the use of given questions. The questions will be used as a means of generating discussion. Students will share their views/opinions which must be supported with evidence/reason.
The teacher will make notes and will guide the students to identify techniques of persuasion that were used or highlight techniques that they may have pointed to during the discussion.