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.
Note: this schedule is tentative and may be changed during the quarter. Check back for updates.
If you would like assignments or powerpoints made available to you at home send me a brief e-mail that is very clear about which class you are in, which document you would like, and what date it was assigned or covered.
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Commercials Watched in Class - Aristotelian Rhetorical Analysis
We're Better than That!
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.