Identifying Logical Fallacies and Flawed Conclusions

This lesson gives students practical methods for breaking down and evaluating an author’s logic. It can be a helpful exercise to prepare students for any paper requiring them to evaluate an argument, and it can also be useful in preparing students to evaluate the claims of the sources for their research paper. Because the article addresses issues of gender in education, the students can use their own experiences to evaluate the author’s claim. Furthermore, because gender advantage and disadvantage are arguable and complicated issues, the students can develop differing analytical opinions which lead to interesting class discussions. This lesson plan simultaneously allows students to personally connect to the article while using a teachable method to help them analyze it.

This lesson plan allows student to identify logical fallacies and flawed conclusions.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3005.5.3
Evaluate an argument, considering false premises, logical fallacies, and quality of evidence presented.
CLE 3005.5.4
Analyze the logical features of an argument.
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