Logic: Informal Fallacies

Instructor: Mrs. Heather Hadfield
Grade Level: Middle school
Course length 2 semesters/ one day a week (Tuesdays)
Min/Max 4/8
Text: The Art of the Argument, an Introduction to the Informal Fallacies by Aaron Larsen

Come join us as we explore how to speak logically or at least learn how to not use bad reasoning. We will also celebrate all our hard work by playing a cooperative board game or two to practice our arguing skills.

The Art of Argument an Introduction to the Informal Fallacies by Aaron Larsen
Young teens will encounter many fallacious arguments both in their youth and as they grow into a fully adult world. From billboards to college professors to politicians, false types of arguments are used everywhere. Learn to discern what arguments are valid and which are not with The Art of Argument. Teaching teens to identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, each chapter is filled with examples, illustrations, review questions, and sometimes even advertisements, dialogue and other real-world examples. 229 pages, softcover with glossary. Jr. High Students.

“Cooperative board games” are board games in which players work together to achieve a common goal, the result being either winning or losing as a group. As the name suggests, cooperative games stress cooperation over competition. This type of board game attracts people who enjoy the social aspect of games and is a good way to get new board game players interested in the hobby. Either the players win the game by reaching a pre-determined objective, or all players lose the game, often by not reaching the objective before a certain event ends the game.