Argument Builder Teacher's Edition
The Argument Builder 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!
This Argument Builder Teacher’s Edition features the entire content of the The Argument Builder student edition, along with an answer key, teaching tips, reproducible worksheets, and information for further study. Suggested schedules are available under 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.
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