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Teaching Formal Logic

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  1. Lessons
    Lesson 1: Teaching Logic Restfully with Rigor (Preview Content)
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  2. Lesson 2: Logic as a Core Discipline (Preview Content)
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  3. Discussion: Logic in One's Life and Study (Preview Content)
    2 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 3: Formal Logic vs. Informal Logic
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  5. Lesson 4: The Classical Origin and Medieval Recovery of Logic
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  6. Lesson 5: Formal Logic and the Three Acts of the Mind
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. Lesson 6: Translating Arguments into Categorical Form
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  8. Lesson 7: Relationships of Opposition
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  9. Lesson 8: Relationships of Equivalence
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  10. Lesson 9: Categorical Syllogisms
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  11. Lesson 10: Determining Validity of Syllogisms
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  12. Lesson 11: Terms and Definitions
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  13. Lesson 12: Developing the End-of-Year Project
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  14. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: Formal Logic
    1 Quiz
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Craft your lesson plan for this session. Consider the discussion questions as you prepare and also the following suggested preparatory assignment:

(1) Consider an issue you are passionate about. It can be political, theological, philosophical, domestic, etc. Two criteria:

(a) you must be truly passionate about it; and
(b) you must be able to identify specific facts on which to base your argument.

Prepare a passionate yet invalid argument resting entirely on persuasion, emotional appeal, and conviction. Then prepare a valid, reasoned, equally persuasive argument. Prepare some discussion questions, asking your students to attempt to poke holes in each. You can encourage them to apply the reasoning presented in both of your arguments to contrary positions and see which of your 2 arguments resists their attempts to dismantle it.