The study of argument, or rhetoric, is almost as old as Western Civilization. It has been examined, evaluated, and reexamined since the times of the Greeks and continues to be examined today. Our work continues that quest and requires research, preparation, and presentation. Our goals are lofty; we want to be orators as Aristotle defined them: “Good men/women speaking well.” Successful completion of argumentation requires that you work hard to prepare and participate in all assigned debates and presentations.
All assignments and work will be posted on Google Classroom.
Up-to-date materials/assignments will be there.
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Commercials Watched in Class - Aristotelian Rhetorical Analysis
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Fallacy YouTube Playlist
This is the short YouTube list of major fallacies we cover in class. Other fallacies will be covered during a short lecture, but watching these will help you understand major fallacies.
Ms. Madson's Gallery of Bad Arguments: Fallacies
This is the gallery shown in class. It employs Flash, so it will not be accessible from a mobile device or some Apple computers.
Electronic Library of MN
This is one of the best free research tools you have access to. If you're not using it, you're not doing it right!
This is where you will find the online debates we watched in class and you can use them to make up in class debate watching.