Week 11 March 30 April 3

March 31: Logical Fallacy Day

What is important to remember about logical fallacies is that these are weak spots in argument. Arguments that are built on logical fallacies are easily unraveled, and should be viewed with a skeptical eye. In other words, if that is all they've got, don't buy it.

For class today:

  • Watch video

  • Then, with a partner find examples of at least two different types of logical fallacies online. Start a new page called Logical Fallacies followed by your names or initials. On this page, link to the logical fallacy you found, name what type of fallacy it is, and then detail why it is that type of fallacy (in other words, what is wrong with the argument).
  • This will be part of your process work grade, have it complete by noon on Thursday.

April 2

  • Read "Citizens and Consumers," by Amber Edmondson. A pdf of this essay can be found on D2L both under 'News' and the 'Materials' tab.
  • Start a new page entitled Proposal Essay Responses followed by your name or initials. On that page, respond to the following:
    • Explain how Edmondson responds to opposing points of view. Describe specific passages in which she counters those or concedes and refutes them.
    • Identify her main claim and at least three supporting claims. For each of these claims, describe one piece of support she has that is linked to each claim.
    • Edmondson uses sources throughout her argument. Which ones are the most effective? Why?
  • Read and take notes on chapter 8 in So What?

All of this should be complete by class time on Tuesday, April 7.

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