M. Renee Benham

Art of Persuasion

Welcome to the Art of Persuasion class for Kids in College 2017 at Ohio University Lancaster campus.  The following materials are for the students in this class.

Day 1: Fake News

Fake News exercise. Using the worksheet questions, try to determine if this article is fake, satire, biased, unreliable, or reliable.

  1. “More Americans Willing to Accept Female Wonder Woman.” http://www.theonion.com/article/report-more-americans-willing-accept-female-wonder-56170.
  2. Closing A Chapter: Last Night A Construction Crew Took Down The Controversial 400-Foot Statue Of Hitler That Welcomes Visitors To Wisconsin. http://www.clickhole.com/article/closing-chapter-last-night-construction-crew-took–6091
  3. Elizabeth Warren Might Get Her Very Own Action Figure.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/elizabeth-warren-might-get-her-very-own-action-figure_us_59246b57e4b034684b1063a5?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  1. The Amish In America Commit Their Vote To Donald Trump; Mathematically Guaranteeing Him A Presidential Victory

http://abcnews.com.co/amish-america-commit-vote-donald-trump-mathematically-guaranteeing-presidential-victory/#comment-9877

  1. Massive Arrest Blind Sides Democratic Party, Look What They Were Just Caught Doing

http://americannews.com/massive-arrest-blind-sides-democratic-party-look-just-caught/

  1. Alex Honnold Scales El Capitan Without Ropes, And The Climbing World Reels

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/05/531584651/alex-honnold-scales-el-capitan-without-ropes-and-the-climbing-world-reels.

  1. Dave Ramsey Puts Federal Government On Strict Envelope Budget Plan

http://babylonbee.com/news/dave-ramsey-puts-federal-government-strict-envelope-budget-plan/

  1. Another Person Investigating The Clintons Turns Up Dead.

http://thedcgazette.com/2016/person-investigating-clintons-dead/

  1. HLC Approves Mount Pleasant Demolition

http://lancasterlettuce.com/politics/item/309-hlc-approves-mount-pleasant-demolition

  1. Man dies after flesh-eating bacteria infects new tattoo

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-dies-after-flesh-eating-bacteria-vibrio-infects-new-tattoo/


Day 4: Argument and Rhetoric

Activity: Look at the following articles. Identify the claim and reasons, keeping a lookout for logical fallacies. Then, determine if logos, ethos, or pathos is the dominant rhetorical technique in the articles. Lastly, note any particular language and ideology present in the article.

  1. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/05/trump-paris-accord-exit-is-actually-good-for-planet-commentary.html
  2. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article155400539.html
  3. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-leaving-the-paris-climate-accord-will-affect-business/
  4. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/1/1667853/-Trump-yanks-U-S-from-Paris-climate-pact-American-exceptionalism-of-the-worst-kind