Monday, August 5, 2013

The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments


When I'm not rocking out as an instructional technology specialist, I'm teaching online English classes.  One of the things I try to get students to understand is logical fallacies.   Their papers often employ at least one despite my valiant efforts.  I imagine that I am not alone in this struggle.

The textbook and my attempts at explaining are pretty cut and dried (aka boring), which is why I was delighted to hear tell of The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments.  It can be read for free online. It is, as the title suggests, illustrated.  It provides a fun and informative look at logical fallacies and why they should be avoided. It cannot be embedded at this time, but it can be linked.  I'm hoping this little gem will help my students make the awesome argument that they deserve to make, rather than the same old strawman.

Thanks for the heads up, Sheryl LeSage! 

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