Get Students to Reflect on the Logical Fallacies in Arguments

Technology has transformed the way our learners share their opinions and argue. Not only do our learners observe arguments daily on their social networks, but they often participate. Our learners need to learn how to argue more intelligently, which is why in my book, Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, students are sent on the mission to engage in a thought-provoking online debate with their peers.

When our students want to state their opinions on their social networks, they have access to a worldwide audience. Additionally, most social networks focus on visuals and multimedia versus text. Many social networks limit the number of characters or promote less text. This means our learners have to share complex thinking and feelings about issues in short posts, usually 250 characters or less. Others respond and the debate ensues through comments or additional posts.

If you observe digital debates you will notice the broken logic. Arguments on social media are full of logical fallacies. Our learners need to be able to recognize the broken logic in their arguments in order to reflect on their beliefs and think critically about why they form opinions. The following are resources and activities I share with my students to get them to evaluate logical fallacies in order to complete the mission to Debate the Issues, Don’t Diss People. This would be a Mission Prep activity. After we evaluated some of the resources below, students created logical fallacies using Makebeliefs. See one example below.

 

Activities
  • I created this Frayer Model (download the pdf) for students to explore the logical fallacies resources below. Students worked in small groups to become experts for their assigned logical fallacies and filled out the Frayer Model. Then the groups exchanged their expertise with the other groups who took notes. In each group one student read aloud the definition, another shared the written example, one introduced the visual, and one played the video. The final activity was to create a logical fallacies comic.

Videos
  • Check out this playlist of 6 critical thinking videos. Each is short and explains critical thinking and logical fallacies in an engaging way.
  • This video uses clips from Subway commercials to demonstrate different logical fallacies.
  • This video uses clips from the tv show, Friends, to demonstrate logical fallacies.
Visuals and Infographics

Challenge– Encourage students to evaluate the common logical fallacies so that they make stronger arguments.

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