Here are my categories. Check your answers against mine.
Skill: writing, public speaking
Feeling: happy, jealous, greedy, lonely
Aspect: weather patterns, funding for cancer research
Value: fairness, honesty, justice, freedom
Trait: positivity, greed, jealousy
Issue: crime, drought, cancer, drug abuse
Symbol: the bald eagle, the American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner
Talent: singing, dancing, performing
As you remember from earlier posts, when you write a research paper or a formal essay, you always need a thesis and a plan of attack. Plans of attack (and many other tasks related to paraphrasing) ask you to group, rephrase, or simplify your ideas into just a few words. Some people find this to be a little tricky, so I wanted to offer you a way to practice. Below, you will find a series of bolded words and italicized words. Italicized words are specific examples or illustrations. Bolded words are the categories. I want you to match examples with the correct category. There will be multiple examples for each category.
Skill, Feeling, Aspect, Value, Trait, Issue, Symbol, Talent
Singing, Happy, Positivity, Jealous, Greedy, Greed, The Bald Eagle, Lonely, The American Flag, Fairness, The Star-Spangled Banner, Honesty, Justice, Dancing, Writing, Public Speaking, Cancer, Freedom, Crime, Performing, Drought, Jealousy, Funding for Cancer Research, Weather Patterns, Drug Abuse
When you have your groups, you can share them in the comment box or check back Friday for my answers.
How persuasive are you? Practice your pitch structure by making short speeches on the prompts listed here. Review the video if you need a refresher on the four qualities of successful pitches.
1. What is the most useful item? Create a pitch which promotes your choice.
2. What is an important value or ethic? Support your choice.
3. Who deserves our support? Choose an individual or a group and create an argument.
4. What is a habit we should adopt? Support your choice.
5. What makes you a valuable employee or friend? Pitch yourself and support your argument.
Learn to share, sell, and promote ideas with short persuasive speeches.
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