Discuss "Americans and the Land" by John Steinbeck and introduce the "FATTR" mnemonic for writing persuasive claims:
- F - focus (paraphrase of the text's/author's argument)
- A - author's name (capitalized and spelled correctly)
- T - title (formatted correctly - capitalized and in quotation marks or italics/underlined)
- T - text type (genre: is this an essay? novel? news or magazine article? speech? letter?)
- R - response (your opinion or reaction--to what extent to you agree or disagree)
HW: Read "Letter to President Pierce, 1855" by Chief Seattle in the McGraw-Hill Reader. Write a "FATTR" claim and note appeals to ethos, logos, or pathos in the speech (remember that it might not contain all three). In addition, reread the speech and be ready to discuss which parts of the language of the speech make it memorable or persuasive. Also, take a look at the California Official Voter Guide that might be hanging around your house to familiarize yourself with the CA propositions. And don't forget about independent reading--500 pages this grading period!