Studying Documentaries Like a Writer - Looking For Persuasive Techniques

Revisit the documentaries viewed in the previous lesson in this series in order to take a look at the persuasive techniques employed by the documentary creators. Small groups watch the films a second time, taking notes on two provided questions. The class then comes back together to create a list or chart of persuasive techniques. 

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Use the provided list of persuasive techniques to guide and supplement discussion
  • Watching the films a second time will provide opportunity for a deeper understanding of the filmmakers' decisions
Cons

  • The lesson procedures are brief, but do get the point across
  • You'll need to access the first lesson in the series for a list of the films