Logical Fallacies!

  • Today, we'll be examining logical fallacies and their implications for your own writing; but first...

Freewrite Time!

  • Let's take some time to reflect on what we've learned about Rhetoric.
    • Think for a moment about what the EAA book's purpose is. Why is it important, as a student, to understand rhetoric in this way?
    • On my cue, freewrite about how understanding rhetoric empowers you. What parts of your life are impacted by this material?

Fallacy Practice!

  • Let's start by examining the prompts from the book (as a class).
    • "Resistance is futile." (Borg message on Star Trek)
    • "It's the economy, stupid." (sign on the wall at Bill Clinton's campaign headquarters)
    • "Remember the Alamo!" (battle cry)
    • "Make love, not war." (antiwar slogan popularized during the Vietnam War)
    • "A chicken for every pot." (campaign slogan)
    • "Guns don't kill, people do." (unofficial NRA slogan)
    • "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." (attributed to Harry S. Truman)
    • "Yes, we can!" (Obama campaign slogan)
  • Questions to consider:
    • Are all fallacies absolute?
    • What role does context play in these?
    • How might someone else interpret these differently?
  • Finally, let's get a feel for how fallacies might appear in the interwebz!
    • Get into your writing groups for a bit o' practice ;D


  • Create a first (or second if you already got started!) draft of your rhetorical analysis that accomplishes the following:
    • Identifies what specific argument(s) you've identified
    • Presents claims about both the author's intent and the exigence for the arguments made
    • Uses at least two outside sources (biographies, news articles, etc.) to help demonstrate the context of those claims
    • Addresses all 3 rhetorical elements (Ethos, Pathos, and Logos)
  • Remember that a draft does not need to be structured like a finalized essay! You don't need an intro or conclusion unless they help you answer the other main points; you don't need to have all the answers yet, just ideas; you don't need to polish your structure or grammar; you don't even need to write full paragraphs!
  • This writing does not need to be printed, unless you want me to have a copy. You can bring it to class electronically :)