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 principles of classical rhetoric fit in with your other studies so far.
    • Have you identified any specific claims used in your speech?
    • Why do you think the speaker might choose to use that particular rhetoric (refer back to your book for types of arguments)?
    • Do you know the full rhetorical situation of the speech? 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 peer review groups for a bit o' practice ;D
  • If we don't have time for both, we'll skip the fallacy practice and discuss APA formatting for your Rhetorical Analysis.


  • Finish your Rhetorical Analyses and submit them via Blackboard!