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 how the Triangle text fits in with your other studies so far.
    • Can you identify any specific kinds of rhetoric used in Triangle?
    • Why do you think the author might choose to use that particular rhetoric?
    • Do you know the full rhetorical situation of this book? What do you know about the author?
  • When I give the go ahead, freewrite for a little bit about these questions.

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)
    • "Gun 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 your own writing!
    • Get into your writing groups for a bit o' practice ;D


  • Read Chapter 2 from EAA. Complete a Reading Response in which you respond to the following prompts.

If your group is facilitating the discussion of Chapter 2, you do not have to complete a Reading Response. Instead, prepare your facilitation.

  • The chapter asserts that rhetors may use emotions to "build bridges" and/or to "sustain an argument." Describe both approaches in your own words.
  • Locate a written example of humor not listed in the book and describe why it works.
  • Describe the specific emotion(s) each slogan from the chapter is trying to illicit:
    • Have it your way." (Burger King)
    • "Think different." (Apple)
    • "Country first." (John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign slogan)
    • "Because you're worth it." (L'Oreal)
  • Facilitation Groups do not need to complete a Reading Response over the chapter they are facilitating!
  • Make sure to finish your Triangle Reading Response by Friday and bring your book with you on Friday!
    • Triangle assignments count as part of your grade in all Triad Courses! Don't sabotage yourself by not getting them done!
  • The prompts, again, are:
    • What is the significance of the identification of bodies, as described in the Prologue?
    • How did industry both benefit and suffer from the momentum of technological advance leading up to the Triangle Fire?
    • How does cultural identity reflect the way different immigrants were treated by factory owners and political leaders?
    • Describe both positive and negative aspects of Tammany Hall and its political machine.