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Ethos, Pathos & Logos Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Boost your instruction on ethos, pathos, and logos with the help of a Study.com video lesson and a brief class activity. Optional extensions and related lessons are offered for deeper exploration of the topic.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define, ethos, pathos, and logos
  • explain the value of ethos, pathos, and logos in speaking and writing
  • identify examples of ethos, pathos, and logos

Length

30 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • Photocopies of John F. Kennedy's January 20, 1961 Inaugural Address
  • Purple, green, and red colored pencils or markers
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2

Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.3

Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Key Vocabulary

  • Ethos
  • Logos
  • Pathos

Instructions

  • Have students watch the Study.com video lesson Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking in its entirety.
  • Freeze the video at 6:33 to display the terms 'ethos,' 'pathos,' and 'logos' on the screen for the students to see.
  • Pass out the photocopies of President Kennedy's inaugural address (one for each student).
  • Ask students to use their purple pencils/markers to underline examples of Kennedy's use of pathos.
  • Now, have students underline examples of Kennedy's use of logos using the green pencils/markers.
  • Next, students should underline Kennedy's use of ethos with the red pencils/markers.
  • Finish by asking students to complete the quiz associated with the Study.com lesson.

Extensions

  • Ask students if they are for or against school uniforms. Now ask them to draft an essay using ethos, pathos, and logos to reflect their position on the issue.
  • Ask students to research three famous speeches from history and list examples of ethos, pathos, and logos from each.

Related Lessons

The Art of Persuasion in Public Speaking

Components of the Toulmin Model for Public Speaking: Claim, Data & Warrant

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