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Students study ten fallacies that represent the most common mistakes in reasoning. In groups, students evaluate given arguments and identify the fallacy and/or bobby-trap in each one. Students study larger arguments and discover reasons for analyzing statements.
Students create good arguments by exploring the basic structure of an arguments. They determine premises and conclusions for analyzing the effectiveness of arguments. In addition, they explore the differences between arguments and explanations.

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Prepare your class for writing arguments with a presentation complete with examples and relevant comic strips. The presentation defines argument and lists the elements of argument. After getting a grasp of these concepts, pupils learn about different ways to use language, quotes, and other outside sources to strengthen their writing.
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, high schoolers respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Principles of Philosophy by Rene Descartes.
What did the Founding Fathers mean by the importance of continually returning to fundamental principles? Your young historians will analyze a series of quotations illustrating the fundamental ideals and principles of the United States Constitution, from liberty, order, and individual rights to rights of the accused and capital punishment. 
An abused captive or a treasured performer? Given the rhetoric on both sides of the issue of captive killer whale populations the question arises, "Is it possible to have a rational discussion of this controversial topic?" Class members conduct an analysis of arguments presented by both sides, labeling those claims that can be supported and those that need additional information before deciding if the claim is true. The class then engages in a philosophical chairs discussion before individuals craft a reflection in which they compare the arguments for and against keeping killer whales in captivity and present their own position.
Students conduct a mock oral argument based on the briefs provided and further research as assigned by the instructor. They write an opinion for the case outlining why one legal argument prevailed over the other based on their own reading, research, and viewing of the oral argument.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Students define federalism, Federalist, and Anti-Federalist, debate issue of ratification in classroom convention, and take vote on whether to add bill of rights. Three lessons on one page.
In this online interactive philosophy quiz activity, students respond to 23 multiple choice questions about Descartes's Principles of Philosophy. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this literature worksheet, learners respond to 27 short answer and essay questions about Hume's Concerning the Principles of MoralsStudents may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
Students read and discuss Socrates's "Crito" and examine the arguments he made supporting his own death penalty. They consider the still-relevant debate between the rights of the individual and the rule of law.
Use Dr. House and Sherlock Holmes to illustrate talented analysis. Your high schoolers compare and contrast the characteristics of deductive and inductive arguments. After discussing key terms of different types of arguments, they critically evaluate arguments and draw conclusions about each one. In groups, they practice identifying types of arguments and the best type to use in particular circumstances.
Students will analyze and evaluate political propaganda. In this activity on the Federalist movement, students will examine the Federalist papers and analyze the Anti-Federalist argument mage against constitutional ratification. This activity culminates in a full class debate.
Students recognize inductive and deductive reasoning and analyze common fallacies in critical thinking.  In this argumentation and logic lesson, students use role playing activities and specific instances of inductive and deductive reasoning.  Students then identify faulty reasoning in writing samples.
Students will compare and contrast famous philosophers with George Washington.  In this history lesson, students work in small groups to define Classicism, Legalism, Democracy, Republic and Civility, then read some short excerpts so that they can develop ideas about the similarities and differences and share them with the class.
Students read the case briefs of Ritter v Stanton. They simulate the trial with classmates taking various parts such as appellant, appellee, bailiff, and justices. After conducting a mock argument, they write their own opinion for the case.
In this argument worksheet, students pick different sides to be on for different arguments and conduct a debate on topics such as Facebook, mobile phones in schools, and more. Students conduct debates for 7 topics and fill out other sheets for defending different arguments and listing argument points.
Students write an argumentative research paper. In this refuting arguments lesson, students read passages and identify argumentative elements. Students choose a local, national, or international issue as a subject for a research paper in which they use argumentative elements.
Role play community members who are both for and against the construction of a dam. Research the pros and cons and then hold a classroom debate. This activity ideally follows a series of stream studies, links to which are included. Use this well-written lesson with mature ecology learners who show interest in conservation.