WEEK EIGHT: Fun with Fallacies

READING: Wood, Chapter 7



In this class, we veered away from the standard syllabus a bit...and instead of discussing visual argument again, we looked more closely at the two types of claims that you are choosing from for your final paper and how you should structure each type of paper.

I passed out sample working outlines: the Proposal Sample Outline and the Evaluation Sample Outline and we went over each in turn.

A Proposal Argument should follow a structure that you book calls the  problem-solution structure...often called The Motivated Sequence. Essentially, in a problem-solution structure you have to: 1.) Establish that there is a problem in the introduction, 2.) Present your solution (your thesis statement or main claim), 3.) Demonstrate the your solution truly solves the problem by providing steps and justification (this is your reasoning...the body of your paper), 4.) Present a call to action, and 5.) Visualize the results of adopting your proposal (you Conclusion) Of course, there is some play in this...and not all proposals will follow all five steps, but this is a good model.

An Evaluation Argument should follow an applied criteria organizational strategy. In this structure, you have to: 1.) Establish criteria for judging your issue in the introduction, 2.) Make a value judgment (your thesis or main claim...i.e. does the issue you are evaluating meet or fail to meet these criteria?), 3.) Provide reasoning and evidence to prove your claim, 4.) Answer any objections to your claim, and 5.) Reiterate the claim and push the argument further in your conclusion.

The sample outlines go over each of these structures in more detail.

We ended class by looking at logical fallacies...bu† we had to save the fun fallacy quiz and activity for next week.


Read Wood, Chapter 9

Create your own Working Outline using my sample as a guideline:

PROPOSAL Working Outline

EVALUATION Working Outline