We spent a significant amount of time today with Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, which students had annotated last class. We reviewed some of the components that make pre-20th Century texts like these so hard to read, and practiced chunking the text and paraphrasing portions of it. Then I defined rhetoric and introduced the first components of our study of rhetoric — the rhetorical triangle and the rhetorical situation. We went back to Lincoln to attempt to find all four components of the rhetorical situation and practice synthesizing that information into a 1–2 sentence thesis for a hypothetical essay. Homework: keep reading and annotating Part 1 of your independent novel!