American Lit: Fallacies 101

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

Learning Target: I can identify fallacious logic, appeals, and rhetoric in sample texts.

Opening Session: Fallacies matching game! Match the name of the fallacies with the definitions using the cards I give each group!

Work Session: Fallacy Face Off! Following the directions in your book on page 259, we are going to have a mock debate. We will choose the issue as a class and your group will have ten minutes to prepare your argument. But here’s the catch… your group will use a specific fallacious appeal to argue your side! None of that silly “logic” stuff need apply in this debate, people! It’s all fallacy, all day long!

Closing Session: Reflect on our Fallacy Face Off. Which argument was most convincing? Would logic have been more convincing? Why or why not?

Assessment: Informal (class discussion)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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