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Andy Christensen

Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Other Words from (Dead) Greeks and Romans

Powerful, smart, ethical argument is the hallmark of the world of persuasion. This course is designed to explore the
essentials of persuasion and conclude with a “Persuade Us” activity guaranteed to bring creativity, reason, and evidence together to create laughs and learning. This short course delivers tactics and tools aimed at transforming average speaking into smart and persuasive messaging.

“I Wonder What It’s Like…”

Members of the ISU Rupp Debate Squad, together with a member of the debate faculty, will be glad to provide an
exhibition debate for your class, or in partnership with your class. The squad is readily available to help with IPDA,
British Parliamentary, and Public Forum debating skills and strategies at any time. Additionally, the squad and coach will be pleased to participate in an open discussion about preparing for many aspects of the collegiate speech and debate experience at Idaho State University and beyond.

State Standards

These presentations meet the following state education standards for high school students:

Media Arts

Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

MA:Re8.1.III Analyze the intent, meanings and impacts of diverse media artworks, considering complex factors of context and bias.


Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

MA:Re9.1.HS.III Independently develop rigorous evaluations of, and strategically seek feedback for media artworks and production processes, considering complex goals and factors.


English Language Arts/Literacy

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

RH.11-12.8 Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.



Comprehension and Collaboration   

SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.



Text Types and Purposes

W.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.



Information and Communication Technology


Standard 3: Knowledge Constructor

ICT.9-12.3.b Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.