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The Art of Argument Teacher Guide - Revised Edition
The Art of Argument Teacher's Edition
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The newly revised Art of Argument Teacher's Edition is greatly expanded and now includes the entire student text, answers to all exercises, and new chapter and unit tests.
The Art of Argument, An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies
Dr. Aaron Larsen & Joelle Hodge
"My chief objection to a quarrel," Chesterton wrote, "is that it ends a good argument."
Junior high aged students will argue (and sometimes quarrel), but they won't argue well without good training. Young teens are also targeted by advertisers with a vengeance. From billboards to commercials to a walk down the mall, fallacious arguments are everywhere you look. The Art of Argument was designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance and purpose at a time when he has a penchant for the "why" and "how", and now, this new revision is designed more than ever, to equip and sharpen young minds as they live, play, and grow in this highly commercial culture. As always, this course teaches students to recognize and identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, and now this eye-catching text includes over sixty slick and clever, “phony advertisements” for items from blue jeans to pick-up trucks, which apply the fallacies to a myriad of real life situations.
As a fundamental text in the dialectic curriculum, The Art of Argument will impart to students the skills needed to craft accurate statements and identify the flawed arguments found so frequently in editorials, commercials, newspapers, journals and every other media. We regard the mastery of informal logic (the logical fallacies) as a "paradigm" subject by which we evaluate, assess and learn other subjects--it is a sharp knife with which we can carve and shape all manner of wood. Mastery of informal logic is a requisite skill for mastering other subjects.
This text comes in a workbook format with clear explanations and many updated illustrations and examples to insure understanding and mastery. The text aims at the practical application of the informal fallacies through an analysis of current social, commercial and political issues, which are discussed and evaluated. This practical application should insure that students continue to evaluate arguments, detect fallacies and reason well long after the course is completed.
Students master 40 fallacies (such as begging the question, the straw man, ad hominen, et al) by studying many pertinent examples. The text features a variety of:
· Real-World Applications
· Phony Advertisements
· Dialectic Discussion Questions
· Fun extras such as a humorous skit for students to perform, and the famous short story, Love is a Fallacy by Max Shulman
Parents and teachers beware--students may use these skills against you!
Dr. Aaron Larsen and Joelle Hodge
Classical Academic Press
Student Quizzes - Yes
The Thinking Toolbox
The Fallacy Detective
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