We all know that teens love to argue. Give ‘em the right topic and the room’s temperature will rise as the debate quickly gets heated. The trick, though, is to help them clarify their thinking, move beyond emotion, and spot the difference between logical and illogical reasoning.
In the world of rhetoric, speakers and writers too often take logical leaps as they work to sway an audience. The astute listener is able to set aside the manipulations and see an issue clearly. That’s what I want for my students.
To help them cut through tangled reasoning, I packed a Prezi lecture with modern examples of logical fallacies from politics, pop culture, and advertising. There are dozens (and dozens!) of types of fallacies, but I narrowed my focus to 10 of the most common, including:
Either/Or (False Dichotomy)
Appeal to False Authority
Take, for instance, this silly Slippery Slope ad campaign from Direct TV:
Or how about a discussion of Appeal to False Authority featuring Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake?
Click here to take a closer look at my print-and-teach materials for this Tools of Argument/Logical Fallacies lesson.
In building this lesson, I also came across the talented and cheeky Jesse over at YourLogicalFallacyIs.com, who generously provides this classroom poster as a FREE high-res download over at his site:
You’ll need to cover the cost of printing, but I’m thinking this one’s worth a trip to Kinko’s.
Teach on, everyone!