Critical Thinking

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Overview

For this project, you should describe, critique, and analyze a three specific fallacies. Explain how the fallacy creeps up in the media, conversations, and other casual spaces. However, you also want to provide information on how to recognize and critically think passed the fallacy, so to speak.


Topic Choices: Pick six in each group (two per person)

Provide the following for each fallacy:

1. Name and define the fallacy.

2. Give diverse examples. You must give an example of this fallacy happening in work, personal life, and in popular arguments.

3. Analyze why it can be easy to use the fallacy.

4. What debates are usually prone to these fallacies?

5. Give advice on how to avoid it.


Choices of Delivery

1. The "posterboard". For this one, you should present a digital posterboard or flyer highlighting the elements. It does not need to be recorded, but you will need to make it available to the class for discussion and questions.

2. A 5 – 10 minute podcast that discusses the topic in the group. You can record a conversation with a peer, and then edit it with intro and outro music. Audacity and Anchor are good apps to use for recording and editing.

3. A 5 – 10 minute video presentation. Camtasia and Snag It offers free trials; they are the easiest programs to use to record and edit videos.


Steps

1. Research the fallacies and create an outline.

2. Choose how you are going to express your final project.

3. Research the best way to create it if you are choosing a non-traditional way like a podcast or video.

4. Coordinate with your peers or make a plan on how you are going to organize the information and express it. This is also when you should be working with me to get advice on the direction of your work.

5. Turn in topic form:

6. Schedule a time to meet with the teacher. Everyone in the group needs to be available: Schedule time with me.

7. Do it!


Rules

1. Analyze the fallacies in fair, critical ways.

2. You may use outside sources for this project. Some of the sources will be considered common knowledge, but if you quote anything or you are not sure if it is considered common knowledge, please provide a citation.

4. Late projects must be coordinated beforehand with a good reason. There are penalties for late projects. See syllabus.

5. It must be original work. Plagiarism will result in a 0%. Just cite what isn’t yours and try your best.