Fallacies Activity

Course Name: 
WRD 111
Assignment Type: 
Classroom Activity
Assignment Length: 
One Class Period
Primary Pedagogical Focus: 
Analysis
Preparation Guidance and Instructor Advice: 

I use this in-class activity to help students identify and analyze rhetorical fallacies.  After providing a lecture/discussion of fallacies, I show several video clips that incorporate fallacies.  After each video, students discuss the different types of fallacies that they identify.  I have found that students generally struggle with understanding fallacies.  This activity works really well, as students enjoy the videos but also become more adept at distinguishing fallacies by actually seeing them in practice. Some of the clips I use are from South Park, Colbert Report, etc.  Here are some examples:

-Toshiba Commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JyN6Obi7eI

-South Park:

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/151029/you-hate-children

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/401750/ancient-alien-thanksgiving

-Colbert Interview(s): http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/163835/march-12-2008/better-know-a-lobby---drug-lobby

-Seinfeld episode: “The Masseuse” in which Kramer correlates adoption to serial killing

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