This class is canceled for the 2016-17 school year. It will be offered again in 2017-18.
Grades 6th-12th grade
Shannon Beddo, Instructor
About the course:
The first semester uses a homeschool favorite, “The Fallacy Detective.” Your student will learn over two dozen logical fallacies and will be able to identify them on TV, the radio and around the dinner table. This is a fun class that lends itself to object lessons which are often used in class for demonstration. We finish “The Fallacy Detective” in 13 weeks, allowing 16 weeks for our second semester.
With a firm foundation in informal fallacies, the second semester gets much meatier. We will slow down a bit as we digest “The Art of Argument.” This is a challenging text, but I’m confident your student will be able to build on what we have learned so far. This semester includes a review of all fallacies learned first semester with more than a dozen more fallacies introduced.
Also included this semester (outside the scope of the textbook) is an introduction of formal logic in the form of “mini-lessons” presented by the instructor, no additional text needed.
For both semesters, students will be expected to read the text, answer homework questions, and listen for fallacies to bring to class as examples. Allow 1-2 hours for homework per week.
This is a graded class that uses quizzes, tests and homework to determine the grade.
High school students can earn 1/2 credit for successful completion of this course.
Parents are responsible for buying the texts.
The Fallacy Detective, Nathaniel Bluedorn, 3rd edition, 2009.
The Art of Argument, Aaron Larsen and Joelle Hodge, Version 8.0
For students in the 6-12th grades with at least a 6th grade reading level. While this would be an easy class for highschoolers, they are also welcome. One option for high schoolers is to join this class at the second semester for the more challenging text. Class minimum is 10 students. Class maximum is 15 students.
This course is designed for middle school and will be taught at that level. Preference will be given to middle schoolers for admittance in the class.
Tuition and Fees:
$110 per semester = $220 per year, plus registration fees.