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This 15-week course will provide an introduction to a number of informal fallacies encountered in everyday life. Recognizing and responding to this deceptive and faulty reasoning helps prepare students to communicate effectively and persuasively, while equipping them to avoid falling prey to deception.
Students will compile a Logic notebook and will be presented with examples of a new fallacy each week. Through a variety of activities divided into daily assignments, students will learn to analyze statements, questions, advertisements, and arguments, and to identify faulty reasoning contained in each. Students will study examples, learn definitions, and apply their new knowledge and understanding by finding examples in the world around them. A weekly quiz will assess their understanding.
Week 1 – Introduction
Week 2 – Appeal to Pity
Week 3 – Appeal to Fear
Week 4 – Appeal to the People
Week 5 – Red Herrings
Week 6 – Ad Hominem
Week 7 – Tu Quoque
Week 8 – Snob Appeal
Week 9 – Appeal to Faulty Authority
Week 10 – Straw Man
Week 11 – Begging the Question
Week 12 – Appeal to Ignorance
Week 13 – Equivocation
Week 14 – Hasty Generalization
Week 15 – Quoting out of Context
For a printable course outline, click here.
Lisa Duffy has been serving the homeschool community as a teacher, mentor, and curriculum developer since she and her husband began their own homeschool journey 16 years ago. Lisa’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology, a JD in Law, and an M.Ed in Education. She worked in each of these professions before having children, and has used skills from each in her career as a homeschool mom. As a certified teacher, Lisa has taught in public, private, and church schools. She is known for her creative teaching style, engaging lessons, and her respect for students. In addition to teaching, Lisa enjoys volunteering, writing, storytelling, and sharing her love of learning.