My students have been working really hard to understand Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, which are very complicated concepts for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. However, we boil it down into a few ideas, which through practice and application, they grow to understand. Mostly. It's not perfect, but I don't expect them to be masters. I expect that they will use the notes and resources we have developed together in order to apply that into specific assignments.
Their latest project was analyzing magazine ads for their uses of rhetorical appeals. I collected a ton of magazines and created a graphic organizer (below) for students to fill out about each ad they found. We did one all together as a group then students found their own ads. With my support (as much or as little as needed), they completed their charts.
Next, we made posters of the ads they found for display in our classroom. Now the students can see the work all others up on the wall with the same concepts and identify the appeals on their own. And my youngest friends get a chance to see the brain work my older students are doing.
We worked together to make a complicated concept difficult and they soared.