Art of Argument

Art of Argument

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Item #: 051559
ISBN: 9781600510182
Grades: 7-12

Publisher Description:

Middle and high school students will argue (and sometimes quarrel), but they won’t argue well without good training. Students who complete The Art of Argument will know how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose . . . and have fun along the way! They will study and master 28 logical fallacies, which will provide an essential lifetime framework for filtering good and bad reasoning as well as writing and speaking effectively. This mastery of informal logic is a foundational subject by which other subjects are evaluated, assessed, and learned.

The Art of Argument (Student Edition) features clear explanations and illustrations, along with dialogues, worksheets, and dialectic discussion questions, making this text easy to follow and engaging. The fallacies become relevant with practical applications through an analysis of current social, commercial, and political issues, as well as over 60 comical and clever phony advertisements. Fun extras are included, such as a humorous skit for students to perform and the famous short story “Love Is a Fallacy” by Max Shulman.

“My chief objection to a quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “is that it ends a good argument.”

The Art of Argument Teacher’s Edition and the Art of Argument Video are available as companion products. See our Support tab above for schedule recommendations.

This is a consumable item.

Category Description for Art of Argument:

Socrates is the "go to" person when it comes to fallacies (occurrence of bad or incorrect reasoning) and his perspective on the three basic categories - fallacies of irrelevance (points that don't relate to the issue), of presumption (assumptions that are not justified or necessary), and of clarity (language that confuses and muddies) - is sought via time-travel. Several examples of each are provided plus the student has the opportunity to identify fallacies in cleverly fabricated magazine advertisements. Fallacies are printed on the inside covers of the Student Text for easy reference. Both Student and TE (each about 230 pgs, pb) have appendices that include a play and a short story that illustrate fallacies as well as a Glossary and Bibliography. TE includes reproducible chapter, unit, and final exams (with answer key). DVDs include 28 sessions (one for each fallacy) in which three teachers and 4 students present, define, discuss and explain the fallacy. As in the text, the DVDs emphasize a practical application to the student's life through advertisements, political speeches, and various moral/ethical debates.

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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Aaron Larson, Joelle Hodge, Ch
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Classical Academic Press
1.45 (lbs.)
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Needed for Heart of Dakota World Geography.
Dawn W on Jul 27, 2023
for Heart of Dakota World Geography Guide
Jamie H on Apr 19, 2023
Needed for Heart of Dakota World Geography.
Dawn W on Jul 27, 2023
Being used at a homeschool coop
Sandy R on Jul 22, 2023
for Heart of Dakota World Geography Guide
Jamie H on Apr 19, 2023
My daughter is taking a Logic & Rhetoric course this year, and this is the assigned text.
User on Jul 26, 2022
Fun for the kids.
B. S on Jul 18, 2022
This is a great text for learning about fallacies in arguments. And, it is a lot of fun.
Laura C on Apr 21, 2022
I was looking at programs that would help my student think more logically.
Gail A on Aug 15, 2021
Co-op class
Gennie S on Jul 19, 2021
Required for School
Treena F on Jul 18, 2021
Recommended by a friend
Phillip P on Jan 27, 2021
Veritas Press Required books
Ruth L on Jan 22, 2021
We have a coop class- Book required
Maria A on Aug 28, 2020
This curriculum is a great introduction to logic and argument.
Erin H on Aug 6, 2020
co op class
Heather L on Aug 6, 2020
Needed for curriculum
Michele G on Jul 20, 2020
Required by our Classically based homeschool curriculum
Tia L on Jul 18, 2020
Homeschool Co-Op curriculum
Melissa Q on Jul 1, 2020
Our co-op decided this would be good for our teens.
User on Aug 28, 2019
required text for a tutorial
Christina R on Aug 22, 2019
For a co-op class
November F on Aug 21, 2019
We are using this in our tutorial - EXCELLENT curriculum choice!!
Kymberly K on Jul 29, 2019
Part of our Homeschool Co-op Curriculum
Lacey G on Jul 29, 2019
Required course reading
Kelly B on Jun 25, 2019
Veritas Press Associate Logic course requirement
Onalee H on Jun 10, 2019
it has been recommended to follow the current logic book we are using, the fallacy detective
Jennifer S on May 20, 2019
7th grade Logic class
Jennifer G on Jan 24, 2019
Teacher uses-required
Dianna S on Dec 4, 2018
Recommended by The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Kristina C on Aug 26, 2018
My daughter need it for Logic class
Sandra G on Aug 6, 2018
I have used this program before and needed another student workbook.
Audrey B on Jul 1, 2018
Reviews online seemed great and wanted something for my teens to help them as they mature in this culture to defend their beliefs.
Brianna R on Feb 22, 2018
required by our co-op, I know it is one of the best options for middle school
Lenka W on Oct 6, 2017
To help my student recognize fallacies.
Vikki A on Aug 28, 2017
We are using this book for our middle school co-op.
Cheryl C on Aug 21, 2017
I have used this before with my other two, and it is a good program.
Anneliese G on Aug 19, 2017
To complete with our homeschool co-op grade range 5-12
User on Aug 13, 2017
This had a nice review from Cathy Duffy, so we'll see if we like it :-)
Beate B on Aug 2, 2017
required by school
Jason C on Jul 19, 2017
This is for my home schooled high school children
Mary H on Jul 10, 2017
Same as above
Bonnie M on Jul 6, 2017
Needed for a co-op class
Sarah J on Jul 5, 2017
Read through the book and it seemed more thorough than Fallacy Detective
Michelle W on Jul 2, 2017
Required by school
Cindy G on Jun 24, 2017
I've used this with my girls and we all really enjoyed it.
Casey H on Feb 9, 2017
This book is highly recommended by multiple sources.
Pamela S on Jan 7, 2017
Heart of Dakota Publishing recommended resource
Scott O B on Sep 19, 2016
As recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, 4th edition.
Charity on Sep 18, 2016
Flavia H on Sep 14, 2016
I loved this curriculum with my older daughter and my younger daughter can't wait to begin!
Sheri M on Jun 24, 2016
Our homeschool co-op has used this text for several years. The kids enjoy it and they learn the fundamentals of inductive reasoning.
Jill P on Jun 4, 2016
Being used at a homeschool coop
Sandy R on Jul 22, 2023
My daughter is taking a Logic & Rhetoric course this year, and this is the assigned text.
User on Jul 26, 2022
Do you need the DVDs or are they supplemental?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are supplemental. Basically, it is a small class of students discussing the material. It's helpful if you want to be more hands-off. I let my student watch them on his own, so all I had to do was grade work/tests and occasionally do a discussion question with him. But you do not need them.
If using with multiple students does each one need his own workbook?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. It is consumable, and it does clearly state that is is not reproducible. Having said that, the pages for the student to write in answers only have a few questions on them. If money is tight, you could probably get away with just having each student answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper.
Do you need the teacher manual or is this something that can be done as just a workbook?
User on Aug 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Since I have no background in Logic I found the teacher manual helpful. If you have time to peruse the text yourself and have some knowledge of Logic already you could manage without it. Some answers do not have a given right answer, others do.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for co-op class
I'm using this for a co-op class. I've supplemented with videos on YouTube, especially those by ClassicallyDad who seems to have taught this same class before. The students are really enjoying it and I find it easy to teach even without any teachers guide or videos.
March 4, 2023
7 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Somewhat dry and unengaging. My kids and I never completed it.
February 16, 2021
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
a good fit for a 7th grader
My daughter really enjoys this book
November 6, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Topics too mature for upper elementary grades
After reading the lessons of the first unit, I decided that many of the sample arguments, which are tied directly to the lessons, were too mature for my upper elementary grade students. Some of the topics introduced included abortion, criticism of past presidents, and Sigmund Freud's proposal that people without positive relationships with their own fathers "wish for and imagine a God who is a great, cosmic father figure who offers the things they missed in their relationships with their own fathers." (p 47 of The Art of Argument)
August 23, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use
We used this as part of my daughter's half credit Informal Logic course. The lessons are short and easy to understand. The text is entertaining with practical application examples for most lessons. The short answer work for each lesson was not overwhelming. The text is layed out well, with plenty of aids to help a high schooler determine what points are important to study for the tests.
I would recommend this curriculum.
June 17, 2016
over 8 years ago

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