This logical fallacies discovery organizer and exercise is one handout among 29 handouts and 18 lesson plans in the resource Argumentation & Persuasion: A Complete Unit
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In this resource, students are introduced to logical fallacies backwards. Instead of giving definitions and examples, the graphic organizer offers labels and examples, and students develop definitions from the traits they perceive in the examples.
Suggestions for Use:
✿Distribute Student Handout H and explain that they will be learning about the different types of logical fallacies through the discovery method. The first column names types of fallacies, and the second column gives one or two simple examples of each fallacy. Their task is to develop their own definitions of each fallacy in language that is as simple as they wish.
✿Suggest that students use pencil instead of pen; they will be making a number of changes.
✿Give students 20 quiet minutes to complete as many definitions as they can. The instructor might suggest that they try to do a few on each page instead of plowing through them in order. The teacher can expect students’ initial definitions to be broad or ill-defined stabs and guesses.
✿Put students in pre-arranged groups of three. Avoid having the strongest readers and the weakest readers together. Ideally, weaker readers should be grouped with students who can model for them but not necessarily do the thinking for them. As classmates work together to compare their initial work, the teacher will see a refining of their definitions. Give groups 20-30 minutes to work together.
✿Have a whole-group discussion of student answers. A thorough answer key is provided.
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