Friday, January 30, 2015

Three Appeals and Seven Colonies

     In class, we learned about the middle and southern colonies in the 1600's to 1700's.  The colonies we learned about were Georgia, New York, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, The Carolinas (North and South), and Pennsylvania.  We split into groups of two, and each group was assigned a specific colony.  My partner and I worked on a project on Georgia.  We had three days to learn about our colony and make a tourism video to attract settlers from England to move here. These projects were tourism videos and before we made them, we learned about how tourism videos are made to attract settlers to the colony using the three Aristotelian Appeals- Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. Each group then presented their video to the class and they took notes.
     My group's colony was Georgia.  Georgia was established in 1733 and it was created for many reasons.  This colony was created because a group of charitable investors wanted to make a Utopian society for English citizens.  Also, the trustees (someone entrusted to look after a business) wanted to make a haven for people who had been put in jail in Europe because they couldn't pay their debts. Lastly, Georgia acted as a guard for the southern colonies against attack from Spanish Raiders based in Florida.  The primary leader of the colony Georgia was James Oglethorpe,  He was the one that led the group of investors to King George to ask permission to start the colony.  Oglethorpe and the trustees also ruled Georgia, but the were very strict and it was because of Oglethorpe that the settlers lived at peace with the Native Americans.  Georgia's economy was based on growing rice and indigo and trading ship supplies.  Each family was permitted a plot of land to farm, but many complained that some families got more fertile lands than others. There were no slaves permitted at first, but the trustees later changed their rules and enslaved Africans were brought to work in the land.  Alcohol was also prohibited at first, but later allowed so that settlers could consume and sell liquor.  Georgia didn't end up like the intended Utopian colony, but it was still a great place to raise a family.
     There are three Aristotelian Appeals- Logos, Ethos, and Pathos.  To appeal to Logos, you use logic and reasoning in your persuasion.  To develop or appeal to Ethos, you use character and ethics when you persuade.  In other words, you help the reader see that the author is reliable, trustworthy, respectful and credible.  To appeal to Pathos, you use emotion to persuade your reader.  You use emotional language, vivid descriptions and emotional tone in your persuasion.  My partner and I used Pathos in our tourism video to persuade settlers to come to Georgia to raise their family.  We used phrases like "a place where you can do it all", "the most ideal place", "start a new life together", "family", "Georgia welcomes anyone" and "live at peace" to catch our audiences attention in an exciting, emotional way.  Learning about the different ways to persuade your audience helps with writing, especially in school, and you can use the three Appeals with anything.

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