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C/D Grade: Identify 3-4 different examples of Rhetorical devices used by Martin Luther King in his speech. These must be from the C/D grade section. Include the supporting quote for each.
Extension: Explain why MLK has used each technique, and, for further extension, choose from the A/B Grade section (this will get you a HL positive toward your effort grade).
A/B Grade: You should select 5 different Rhetorical devices, explaining why MLK has selected each one (their effect). Supporting quotes need to be added. These must come from both the C/D-A/B Grade sections below.
Extension: You should explain the use of at least one Rhetorical device, within the context of his speak (i.e. the socio-historical background – socio= anything to do with society / people) A positive will be issued, as per the C/D grade challenge!
Common Rhetorical Devices used in Speeches:
The repetition of consonants* within a sentence or phrase that makes the speech more catchy and memorable. (*Anything that is not a vowel)
Telling a (personal) story, to engage and win-over an audience. Sometimes, almost to tell a ‘parable’.
This is extreme exaggeration, often for emotive purposes.
Making a comparison, typically using ‘like’ or ‘as’ to make this comparison.
Undermine the opposition
Making the opposition (and their ideas) seem bad, to make yours seem better in comparison.
A/B Grade: (+ Above)
The comparison to another famous case in history or famous person that shared a similar situation/qualities with that being described.
This term describes the most famous part of a speech. E.g. The repetition of a (now famous) slogan or phrase.
Like alliteration, assonance adds an element of musical poetry to the speech. This is the repetition of vowels – a,e,i,o,u
A comparison that is made throughout the course of a text in various ways.
This is the repetition of a short phrase within a sentence, almost to make the sentence a little more ‘sing song’.
Giving a non-living thing human attributes.