Unit 3 – “Changing Minds, Changing Worlds” (Pathos)

In this unit we will be using exploring how pathos works. We will examine how language can be used to create an emotional response in an audience by investigating poetry, speeches, print advertisements and movies.  We want to see how language can emotionally impact people and so create change on important globalisation and sustainability issues of our time.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Session 1 – What ‘moves’ me?
We kick off our new unit with some fun games and activities to get us thinking about how language can affect our emotions and so produce change in the world!  We will also revise our background knowledge of some poetic devices.

Session 2 – Persuasive techniques in texts
We will start by learning about the three branches of rhetoric: pathos, ethos and logos. Then, we will examine a public speech about environmental sustainability.

Session 3 – “Save our oceans!”
In these lessons, we will explore the topic of ocean pollution. After completing some brief research to gain some contextual knowledge, we will examine a variety of texts that are designed to create an emotional impact on an audience (including sonnet poetry and print/video advertising).

Session 4 – “The Trees are Down”
In these lessons, we will explore the topic of deforestation. After completing some brief research to gain some contextual knowledge, we will examine a variety of texts, including poetry, print and video ads, that aim to emotionally persuade people on the issue of cutting down trees.

Session 5 – “Poems about Poverty”
In these lessons we will explore the topic of global poverty. Will will be watching some videos, doing some secondary research, and examining poems that deal with the topic of poverty to develop the understanding of why poverty is such a significant problem.

Session 6 – “The Dark Side of Global Trade” Child Labour, Exploitation
For our final topic we will explore the topic of human exploitation caused by global trading. After gaining some contextual knowledge through research, we will closely examine a range of persuasive texts on the issue, including…

Session 7 – “Texts for Change”  Research and Summative Writing Project
We have learned about many different globalisation and sustainability issues throughout this unit and examined multiple texts that raise awareness and persuade audiences to take action on an issue. Now it is your turn to research an issue of concern and create your own persuasive text to create positive change in the world! 

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