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  [325] RhetoricInstructor: Kathleen Steed-Luick
Grades: 6th to AdultRoom: C125
Year: 2019Time: 09:00 AM
Class Size: 3 to 15Prerequisites: None.
Tuition: $22.00 per 4-Class SessionDuration: 1 hour
Student Provided Materials: "The Fallacy Detective" (2009) and "The Thinking Toolbox" (2005) by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
One Time Cost (to teacher) $0.00Cost Description:
Homework: Complete in writing the unfinished text questions from class and any weekly worksheets. Each week you will receive an e-mail with a topic review and related online links along with questions for you to answer in writing and turn in the following week. This homework may take 1-5 hours to complete. Additional critical thinking homework may be required from older students seeking high school credit. Online resources, videos, and articles are utilized to aid comprehension and retention of subject matter.
Skills: Reading at or above a 6th grade level, ability to copy form the board and take notes, willingness to read aloud, work at the board and participate in class activities and discussions. Access to and ability to use a word processor for writing assignments.
Class Description: The texts are written by two Christian home schooled brothers from Iowa. "The Fallacy Detective" consists of 38 entertaining lessons to present various common fallacies, such as: red herring, ad hominem, tu quoque, straw man, assumptions, circular reasoning, post hoc ergo propter hoc, proof by lack of evidence, emotional appeals, propaganda. Please refer to www.fallacydetective.com for more detailed text information. Class will read through the text lessons together and complete the questions at the end of each lesson in an open discussion format. Uncovered lesson questions will be homework, together with worksheets and periodic quizzes to reinforce the weekly lessons. Re: The Fallacy Detective: The picture we had in mind when we wrote this book was of a father or mother sitting beside the children and working through this book together. Parents and children all read the chapter, they all discuss it, and they all do the exercises together. In our experience, most children learn logic best when they are thirteen years or older. Therefore, we have designed this book for students age thirteen and above. There is no maximum age, so grandparents have no excuse. We know that logic is a new subject to most people, so we wrote this book to be your teacher. We designed the lesson format to contain many concrete examples, and we included exercises for many levels of difficulty. In this way, the concepts are easy to understand, and the skills are easy to learn. Actually, we like to think of it this way --- our book helps you to discover the logic which is already written in your mind by God. We only make you more aware of the logic which you ve been using all of your life. Re: The Thinking Toolbox: We wrote this book for children and adults who want to learn logic and critical thinking skills. 'The Thinking Toolbox' follows the same style as 'The Fallacy Detective' with lessons and exercises and an answer key in the back. Parents and teachers, as well as anybody who wants to learn logic, will find 'The Thinking Toolbox' easy to use and practical.