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teacher_tim

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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:43:23 PM

My students are looking at rhetorical techniques, ways of speaking and writing to influence others to your point of view. They know the Big Three: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. They are becoming familiar with specific techniques, like repetition, parallelism, elevated language, anecdote, etc. In the not distant future, they will have to find "something" to analyze for these elements and their effect on the reader. We analyzed the Declaration of Independence and Walt Whitman poetry with the idea that "independence" is a common theme.

I am looking for your ideas of the best websites to use for finding articles and opinions. I don't care if it is conservative or liberal, as long as it has articles promoting a certain viewpoint using rhetoric. The students will analyze the article they choose for rhetorical devices and their effect on a reader. They also have to paraphrase it for the rest of the class.

Just list your favorite places to find such information. Hopefully, we will get a wide range of viewpoints and topics this way. If you want to classify your favorites, feel free to do so.

Thanks in advance, Tim
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 8:13:39 AM

Personally, in terms of blogs, I enjoy the writing on Balkinization and The Volokh Conspiracy, although both tend to veer from persuasive writing, and both are focused on legal issues. Volokh is written with a non-legally trained audience in mind, however.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 9:33:05 PM

Thanks Steve!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 10:48:34 AM

More liberal ones:

"In These Times"

"The Washington Spectator"

"Hightower Lowdown"
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 10:33:38 AM

Thanks, Norm!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 4:47:54 PM

Tim, "The Nation" has excellent writing from a liberal perspective; "The Weekly Standard, the same, but from a conservative perspective...
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 4:36:54 PM

OK, I'll post what I have so far and you can just copy and paste, adding on your favorites.

Townhall, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, Mother Jones, The Grist, Salon, Heritage Foundation, WBAL shows w/C4 and Derek Hunter...
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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:21:39 PM

There is realclearpolitics.com. They link to a diverse group of opinions. They also have realclear history, realclear sports, realclear science, realclear energy and many others.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:12:21 PM

Wikipedia tries to print bias alerts when it is obvious or an extremely polarizing topic. I'm more interested in sites that take a specific stand, Steve. I know that you have used Mother Jones and The Grist in the past. I would consider those to be left leaning. Sites like Townhall and Heritage Foundation are right leaning. All use different rhetorical devices to "persuade" readers that they are correct or to follow their lead on an issue. The article from Mother Jones against fracking started with an anecdote about a house cracking during an earthquake [using pathos with the man choking up thinking of his wife being killed], then switched to ethos by using the report of two USGS geologists. The idea was to persuade the reader to be against fracking. A more right leaning source interviewed both state and federal officials and USGS officials actually in Oklahoma who stated that the severe Oklahoma earthquake was natural and that fracking causes much less severe tremors, not major earthquakes on faultlines. That article used both ethos and logos to persuade the reader.

[Edited by: teacher_tim at 9/4/2013 3:14:25 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:03:02 PM

Wikipedia is the first site that comes to mind.
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