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Fun with Fallacies

Fun with Fallacies - An Introduction to Fallacies
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01/08/2024 - 05/10/2024
Spring Semester
0.5 credits in Humanities & Electives
Grades 7-9

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About the course

Students will learn to recognize the fallacies they see (and possibly use) in everyday life. This fun text makes learning about informal logic engaging and entertaining. The list includes: Red Herrings, Ad Hominem, the Straw Man, loaded questions, equivocation, circular reasoning, generalizations, propaganda, slippery slope fallacies, and more. Through original cartoons, sample dialogue that students love to act out, and more, each chapter contains several examples that make each fallacy easy to understand.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  1. Read the chapters, complete the workbook pages, and come to class prepared to discuss what they have learned
  2. Identify and differentiate between fallacies
  3. Find fallacies in “real life” and their own thinking
  4. Learn how to correct flawed thinking with proper reasoning and logic
  5. Engage in fun, creative demonstrations of their knowledge and application of the fallacies during class time


  • The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning (2015 workbook edition) by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

About the teacher

Sarah Abbott Sarah Abbott is the co-founder of the Classical Learning Consortium for New England and has been a classical educator for over twenty-five years. She is a native of Massachusetts and enjoys literature and the arts.