What we'll do today in class:
- First rough draft due - intro and most of reasoning -- can leave out evidence
- Logical fallacies
Connection to course goals: Academic arguments are expected to be free from fallacies in logic, and the last activity will ask students to examine drafts to find any possible concerns with logic they can then revise.
- Discuss Logical Fallacies.
- Make sure the students understand the types of logical fallacies. You might want to read over the fallacies and select several that you think they'll be most likely to have trouble with and focus on those.
- Design a group activity that asks students to analyze an essay's logic.
- Have students look at each other's rough drafts to see if they find any logical fallacies.
- Mark any places in the text that might include a fallacy in logic.
- Explain what kind of fallacy you think this might be and why.
- Offer a suggestion about how to fix the fallacy. Cut it? Provide evidence? Restate or re-think the point?
- Have students make a list of possible logical fallacies in their essays and what they need to do to fix them. They could also use this time to actually do these revisions on their draft.
Bring a typed, completed draft of Essay 4 for a full workshop on Monday or Wednesday.
(NOTE: MAKE SURE TO DECIDE WHAT THEY'LL BE DOING ON MONDAY TO DETERMINE WHAT THEIR ASSIGNMENT SHOULD BE FOR THE WEEKEND.)