Avoiding Bad Arguments and Booby-Traps (ELA)



Students will learn about "logical fallacies": what they are, what to avoid, and what to identify in arguments. In order to create their best arguments, they will understand what a bad argument is and what common fallacies, or booby-traps, exist in argumentation.

Several examples will be provided and students will practice working in groups as well as individually. This lesson will be applied to a larger project they are working on to create a TED Talk debate for this course in which two students will debate the question: Is Wind Energy the Answer? One area of assessment will be whether or not students used or identified the use of logical fallacies.

Lesson Time

2 class periods of
55 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities Energy, Environment, and Utilities
    • Environmental Resources
    • Energy and Power Technology
    • Telecommunications
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Deliver an effective speech using valid arguments.
  • Identify logical fallacies in arguments.
  • Avoid using logical fallacies in one's own argument.
  • Refute counter-arguments based on logical fallacies.

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