1. At the beginning of class, guide students in a discussion on the topic "What is the true purpose of education?" Ask students to compare the denotation of the word with his/her own definition. Allow students to write a article.
2. Allow the students to read the article aloud. Instruct students to annotate the writing by looking for textual evidence of the writer's tone.
3. Divide the students into four groups and give each group member a copy of the Rhetorical Analysis Merry-Go-Round graphic organizer.
4. Assign each group to a station or Merry-Go-Round "pony".
5. Instruct students that they will, with their group members, move from "pony" to "pony" as the music changes. Students are to discuss the strategy with the group members and record notes on the group discussion.
6. As each group completes discussion, the group should report to the last station and write one word which identifies the overall tone of the article.
7. When all groups have completed the last station, have all students refer to the board for words and ideas that can be used for writing a rhetorical analysis essay that explains the author's tone.
8. Have students work as a group to write a rhetorical analysis paragraph which uses textual evidence to explain the author's overal tone.