Argument Builder

Argument Builder

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Item #: 051557
ISBN: 9781600510267
Grades: 8-12

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The Argument Builder (Student Edition) is the ideal follow-up companion to The Art of Argument. Where The Art of Argument enables students to find and identify fallacies in various kinds of writing and speech, The Argument Builder will teach students to actually build compelling and persuasive arguments of their own. The Argument Builder is a blend of logic and rhetoric.* Students first study the logical structure of good arguments, and then study how to use several lines of argument (a.k.a. the common topics), such as the use of examples, analogy, comparison, testimony, and statistics. The text comes in a workbook format with plenty of exercises to ensure students learn to become skilled argument makers!

The Argument Builder Teacher's Edition is also available. It includes the entire student text, answers to exercises, teaching tips, and reproducible worksheets. Suggested schedules are available in the Support tab above.

*Logic is something we use every day, often employing it to distinguish “logical” arguments from those that are unreasonable. However, few of us have been trained in logic so that we can quickly detect bad reasoning, attach names to fallacies we encounter, and articulately form our own reasoned arguments. By studying informal and formal logic, as well as rhetoric, students will gain and learn to apply these vital skills. The study of informal logic and the informal fallacies (everyday arguments gone wrong) will aid students in recognizing bad reasoning and identifying fallacies. Studying formal logic will also further train and hone students’ minds, enabling them to determine the form that arguments take. The study of rhetoric will teach students how to create, find, and arrange content in order to craft their own persuasive arguments.

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When you want to learn how to build an argument from the ground up it makes sense to study the master, Aristotle. His "common topics," - definitions, testimony, comparison, relationship, and circumstance - are introduced and examined as well as the fallacies associated with each. The student is given lots of opportunity to analyze examples and apply what is being learned to building an "official" argument. The question of school uniforms runs through each chapter and the student works toward building an effective argument (either for or against) which can be presented in the form of a public debate as a final course project. Both Student and TE include Endnotes, Glossary, and Bibliography. 185 pgs, pb

Laced with humor and practical applications, Classical Academic Press strives to make logic accessible. And succeeds, too! The series has more background material than other logic books plus lots of "modern" examples. Making great use of dialogues and cartoons, there are some practice exercises but the emphasis is more on the "meat" of the text rather than on doing exercises. This sets them apart from other logic courses and makes them the perfect choice for students who want or need background information more than practice. This series is user-friendly and requires very little prep on the teacher's part although teacher-student interaction is necessary to maximize the learning. Art of Argument would be the starting place for a Jr. High student followed by Argument Builder and/or Discovery of Deduction, which can stand alone or be used together.

Each Student Text is designed to be worked in with the student thinking through and writing out responses to the material being presented. Teacher Editions are predominantly full-text answer keys but often include teacher's notes (a list of suggestions and recommendations for teaching the course) as well as ideas for supplementing and enriching the study. ~ Janice

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Shelly Johnson
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Classical Academic Press
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11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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This book is used in our co-op logic class along with The Art of Argument, and we feel we should learn the material as a family alongside our teen this year. Looking forward to it!
Yolanda on Jun 30, 2022
monica r on Jul 31, 2021
This book is used in our co-op logic class along with The Art of Argument, and we feel we should learn the material as a family alongside our teen this year. Looking forward to it!
Yolanda on Jun 30, 2022
We loved Art of Argument and this is in that series.
Reed J on Jun 11, 2022
monica r on Jul 31, 2021
Logic class
Joshua N on Jan 11, 2021
co op class
Heather L on Aug 6, 2020
it intrigued me that it used socrating arguments
Karen G on Aug 1, 2020
Our son used Art of Argument which he enjoyed thoroughly. We started on the Deduction book, but I think need a little more in between, so we are going to try this one.
Lauri P on May 29, 2020
Required by co-op
Christine S on Aug 6, 2019
School required it
Amylynn W on Jul 30, 2019
Required by FPA and cheaper than their suggested provider
Virginie L on Jul 30, 2019
8th grade logic class, continuation from Art of an Argument
Jennifer G on Jan 24, 2019
Required curriculum for Providence Academy
Kathleen H on Aug 24, 2018
We enjoyed the Art of Argument, so continuing on with the series.
Michaela C on Aug 16, 2018
Using for 8th grader - logic
Cory B on Jul 29, 2018
Logic for my 8th grade daughter. Classical Academic Press has great logic courses for middle school.
Sheri M on Jun 22, 2017
As recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, 4th edition.
Charity on Sep 18, 2016
Class requirement
Dixie E on Aug 23, 2016
I have been studying the 5 common topics for a couple of years. I look forward to learning more!
Carla W on Aug 22, 2016
High School logics
Charline L on Jul 26, 2016
We loved Art of Argument and this is in that series.
Reed J on Jun 11, 2022
Logic class
Joshua N on Jan 11, 2021
Can this be used for a 10th Grader without prior experience with any Logic course?
Lorna on Aug 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I think so! I taught it to a co-op group consisting of junior highers and 9th graders. Some had no prior logic. I just asked them to at least try to do some looking at The Fallacy Detective before we began for the year. But The Argument Builder goes over some fallacies too, so it will probably be fine! The Fallacy Detective and the Thinking Toolbox are fun logic books to use too.
Would this curriculum count as a whole credit?
Jacqueline on Jan 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This course would be considered a half credit in Logic.
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This is not my favorite logic book. I think the students get more out of and remember more from a book that they enjoy. I would recommend The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox.
August 10, 2021
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