CDS Language and Literature students recently learned the rhetorical appeals Logos, Pathos, and Ethos during their unit on rhetoric. The escape room activity was their first chance to practice and engage with these terms outside of the lecture. These deceptively simple tasks surprised the students with easy to mix up clues and although there were some snags they got caught on, overall the exercise led to a better understanding of these appeals.
Students had to complete five tasks designed to test their understanding of these appeals. They had to fully and correctly complete one task before moving on to the next. Without the tendency to move on when they don't really understand the material, students were forced to work at it until they got it right, but with the safety net of having a group to rely on.
One of the key takeaways from this creative escape room activity was that it allowed them to be active participants in their own learning. Overall, the students really enjoyed this activity and came away with a better understanding of the lesson. Congrats to the winning groups!
Thank you to Mrs. Kiner and Dr. O for facilitating this activity