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This lesson teaches some of the major informal fallacies found in the American Political discourse covered by the media


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2011-07-31.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a lesson plan that helps students learn how to identify fallacies in the media. The lesson includes direct instruction, research, and application of what was learned. Students are taught a number of different techniques that candidates and media outlets use in delivering fallacies and then they are asked to identify them and create some of their own. Overall, this is an important and valuable experience for students so they will be more informed as they become part of the electorate. It should be noted that the lesson includes a lot of links to online video clips that should be checked prior to use. It is also recommended that it might be helpful to reduce the number of techniques covered and focus on a few that are most often seen in the media and used by candidates.
Karla Wolff
June 18, 2011

This lesson plan is very good. Like Joe I did not learn about these things back in high school, and it is very important for people to know not to take what is said in the media at face value. You have a lot of great resources to use, many of them entertaining which will help get the students into the activity. I agree that there is a lot of info, but you can split groups to cover the different fallacies and have them present their findings in the end. You can also have them each focus on a different media outlet (magazine, tv, internet). I like this lesson plan very much and I will make sure to address this issue in my future classroom, due to its importance of making our students well-informed citizens.

Joe Dickens
June 18, 2011

Hey Dan, I really like your choice of topic as it is one that is not very easy to teach and a topic that I never had the chance to learn in my high school years. Also this topic is extremely relevant and necessary for students in order to become successful, democratic citizens. I really like your use of media and videos in order to teach about informal fallacies. Also I like how you make the students accountable by having them fill out the worksheet as they watch the video and learn about the various informal fallacies. My only concern is that the lesson is packed with information and might present somewhat of an informational overload. This lesson seems that it would take a whole lot of time, which I might streamline a little and hit the really key issues presented here that can really help students understand political issues and candidate speeches. Overall this was a great lesson plan and very practical topic.

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