Animal Farm: Analysing Persuasive Speech

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Key takeaways
A detailed understanding of rhetorical devices and how they can be used
A close analysis of Old Major’s speech
Practice in developing an evaluative personal response
Sarah LeesHost: Sarah is an English teacher at a Grammar school in South East London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent and trained for her PGCE at UCL six years ago. She also teaches Film Studies at A level.

Animal Farm is a very common text across English curricula.

In this class, students will be introduced to and reminded of a number of rhetorical devices that can be used for effective persuasive writing. They will then apply these to an analysis of Old Major’s speech in Chapter 1 of Animal Farm. Finally, they will get the opportunity to begin developing an evaluative personal response when examining both effect and effectiveness of rhetorical techniques used.

This is a great class combining learning theory as well as practical application of the lessons students have just learned to ensure they can excel in assessments. 


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If you want to focus specifically on Animal Farm, have a look at Sarah's class Context & Characterisation in Animal Farm.


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Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 7-11 or S1-S5 who are studying Animal Farm.

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
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