Apologia Worksheets To Print:
Introduction to Technique - Based on the definition above, which of the following do think
someone might right an apologia for?
Socrates - We explore the classic use of this as a defense.
The Four Parts - The linguists B.L. Ware and W.A. Linkugel identify four primary strategies of
an effective apologia. Denial (denying the accusation is true), Bolstering (the apologist tries to improve their image), Differentiation (the apologist compares their act or position to more
egregious ones), Transcendence (the apologist recontextualizes their act or position
True or False - See how well versed you are with this, at this point.
Making Sense - Use the word box to make sense of each of the sentences.
Breakout - A great way to introduce the concept to a class, as a whole, and open up a solid discussion.
Do You See It? - This can be used to help you pull apart your own text.
An Analysis - Use this with a long piece of literature. Does the apologist use any of these
common unsuccessful strategies? Include text evidence where applicable.
Write with It - Think of something that you believe in. It could be a
faith, a way of life, a philosophy, a social or political position.
Characterization - Practice using apologia as a tool for character
development. For this exercise, imagine that one of your characters
has been accused of something and they have to defend
Politics - No doubt that politicians are using this very often.
Attacking It - In what specific way might someone attack your position?