"Shining a Light": Awareness Events and Rhetorical Strategies (ELA)


Lesson #2 in the "Benefit Concert" project focuses on the "Shining a Light" awareness event of 2015. Students discover rhetorical strategies inherent in speech and print.


In Lesson 2 of 4, students will be able to further examine rhetorical strategies through the focus of a Benefit Concert/ Awareness Event. The "Shining a Light" event provides a current example. Students will study Randy Lewis's LA Times article introducing the event and Morgan Freeman's speech in the event. Awareness Events, rhetorical strategies, and informational texts are integrated in this lesson.

Lesson Times

1-2 Class periods
75-100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • SWBAT identify the main idea of an informational text
  • SWBAT identify the thesis of an informational text
  • SWBAT identify sources used by a writer to add depth and credibility to a text
  • SWBAT define and identify logos and pathos

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