What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part Three


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Subject(s): Social Studies, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Intended Audience: Students
Instructional Time: 1 Hour(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: English Language Arts, grades 11-12, tutorial, Harold L. Ickes, World War II, rhetorical strategies, rhetorical appeals, argument, speech, structure, evaluating an argument, evaluating structure, "What Is an American?"
Instructional Component Type(s): Original Student Tutorial

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