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Skillful readers analyze the quality of written and spoken evidence and the writer's reasoning and analysis of that evidence. They can identify fallacious arguments and spot biases. Skillful writers know how to construct an argument with an effective line of reasoning. However, these are skills that must be taught, not just caught.
One logical method of instruction is to teach students what is good argumentative writing. Each of my Grades 4-8 and High School <em><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Grammar-and-Mechanics-High-School-31385">Teaching Grammar and Mechanics</a></em> programs provide mentor texts to model exemplary language for each grammar and usage lesson focus. My <em><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Essay-Strategies-31379">Teaching Essay Strategies</a></em> program includes mentor texts for students to master step-by-step essay strategies.
Another logical method of instruction is to teach students what is bad argumentative writing. That's what the Errors in Reasoning Worksheets do. If your students don't understand faulty reasoning and inadequate analysis, they won't be able to produce the clear reasoning and solid analysis we expect and hope them to learn.
Check out all 15 worksheets and answers in the Preview. See 'em before you buy 'em! Each worksheet includes a concise definition, example, and explanation of an error in reasoning (fallacious argument). One more example is provided and students are required to explain how the example commits the error in reasoning. Answers on last page for you to correct. Lastly, students much apply the error in reasoning with their own writing sample and explain how it includes the error. Powerful formative assessment!
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