How to Use This Course
Through the written instruction, examples, assignments, and quizzes contained in the Logic course, your student will learn to analyze statements, advertisements, and arguments and to identify faulty reasoning contained in each. This will help your student to reason through the fallacies that are sometimes contained in what they are exposed to in the world around them. Quizzes, with answers which are normally on the next lesson, are included in this course to help you determine if your student understands the content. Since the quizzes review facts that have been studied in prior lessons, it is best to do the lessons in this course in consecutive order. This course counts as a philosophy or social studies credit. Students who complete the 15 unit study may earn 0.5 academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
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.
This course counts as a philosophy or social studies credit. Students who complete the 15 unit study may earn 0.5 academic credit.