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How to Use The Fallacy Detective in a Classroom

by Hans Bluedorn

Since we wrote The Fallacy Detective in 2002, we have received many letters from teachers who use our book in their classroom. We’ve created this page to give you suggestions about how to use our book with a group of students.

How do I assign homework?

The Fallacy Detective has 36 lessons with exercises. The answers to the exercises are found in the back. This presents a problem, “How do I assign homework when the answers are in the back?” But this is nothing a little creativity can’t solve.

  1. Rip out the answers! . . . a good idea, but rather undignified.
  2. Trust them not to peek . . . Yeah, right.
  3. We are hearing from teachers who are doing each lesson during class time. The teacher reads a lesson aloud, the class discusses the concepts and examples, and then the teacher has the class answer the exercises one by one. The teacher can correct wrong answers right in class.
  4. Students can make up their own homework. Students find examples of fallacies or propaganda techniques in the newspaper or in advertisements. Or, they could make up their own examples of fallacies or propaganda techniques and bring them to class. We get a lot of messages from students who have fun with this. Some teachers use this as their testing method. This is what The Fallacy Detective Game at the back of the book is all about.

Is there a test?

Nathaniel and I have written a thirty-two question test. It is not a difficult test. Teachers can use it to check that students paid attention in logic class. This test is free. We will email The Fallacy Detective Test as a PDF file to any teacher who requests it and you can print it on your computer printer. This file contains the test and the teacher’s answer key.

In your request email, please give us (1) your name, (2) the school you represent, and (3) what you teach at that school. We want to make sure only teachers and not students receive this test.

Any teacher can use our test, even if you don’t use our book The Fallacy Detective in your class. We will still send the test and you can use it to test how good your students are at detecting fallacies.

If you would like to make more test material for your class, you can use The Christian Logic News archives for material. You might also try playing The Fallacy Detective Game (located at the back of our book) in the class. Students make up fallacies in specific categories and vote on which fallacy is the “best.” Students find the correct name for their chosen fallacy.

Do you have input?

Are you a logic teacher who has used The Fallacy Detective in your class? We would like to hear your input.

Copyright April 01, 2003, all rights reserved. 20413 views


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