AP Lang: Logical Fallacies, Day 1


  • ELAGSE11-12RI5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12L3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12L6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will analyze various logical fallacies and use them to “sell” something to their classmates.

Opening Session
Everyone take ten minutes to look up these logical fallacies. We will go over them as a class!

  • Straw man
  • Slippery slope
  • Glittering generalization
  • Guilt by association
  • Bandwagon
  • False dilemma
  • Irrelevant authority
  • Equivocation
  • No true Scotsman
  • Not a cause for a cause
  • Appeal to fear
  • Ad hominim


  • Affirming the Consequent
  • Composition and division

Work Session
Today’s assignment should sound a little similar to yesterday’s! We’re going to be making another round of commercials to sell something to each other, but this time you need to choose a logical fallacy to use. You guys can pick your own groups this time, since some of these products may appeal to you more than others:

  • Nissan GT-R
  • Takis
  • Fanta
  • Jordans
  • Netflix
  • iPhone X
  • Kylie Cosmetics
  • OHS Football tickets

Choose your logical fallacy and sell your product to the class in a 30-second spot. The class will then have to figure out which fallacy you used 🙂

Closing Session
VOTE! Which group do you think did the best (bad) job selling their item and why?

Formative (logical fallacies skits)

Learning style (visual, kinesthetic)

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