Using Ethos to Persuade - Cool Australia

Learning areas:
  • English
  • The Humanities
Year levels:
  • Year 9
  • Year 10

We have a complex relationship with our mobile phones that is more than screen deep. Mobile phone use and the impact it has had upon society is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students will complete a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ visible thinking routine to become familiar with Pathos – a rhetorical device used to persuade. They will watch Phone Etiquette – a clip associated with the documentary It’s People Like Us– and identify examples of when Pathos is used to persuade the audience. They will then apply their understanding by writing a caption for an image from the While No one Was Watching photo essay using emotional appeals to change people’s minds about mobile phones.