Let’s begin with another short video clip from American Rhetoric. Please remember that the rhetorical devices we have discussed so far are:
- anaphora: beginning phrases, clauses, or sentences with the same sounds or words (“we will fight in the air; we will fight on the sea”)
- alliteration: beginning a series of words, phrases, clauses, or sentences with the same sounds (but not words). “He was detained, demoted, and dismissed.”
- enumeratio: a list (think numbering). The list is used to emphasize or to explain
- hyperbole: an exaggeration, often intended to ridicule
- distinctio: redefining something to shape your argument
Next, you will work a partner to create a two page interview in script form in which one of you is a reporter investigating a controversy in the media. In this interview, you will:
- choose a controversy for your interview. I have provided a short article about a controversy on the back of your handout; you may choose others if they are approved by me.
- choose a specific role for the interviewee. Who is he/she? What is the connection to the controversy?
- ask a variety of questions based on the kinds of questions we will examine in a few moments
- ask questions in a tone consistent with your stance on the controversy (if you support the person you are interviewing, the questions may be “softer”; if you disagree with the actions of the interviewee during this controversy, your questions will be more hard-hitting).
- demonstrate active listening by restating the interviewee’s words at least once