Phillips, H., & Bostian, P. (2015). The purposeful argument: A practical guide (2nd ed.). https://www.vitalsource.com Chapter 5: Read Critically and Avoid Fallacies, Chapter 11: Support an Argument with Fact (Logos), Credibility (Ethos), and Emotion (Pathos), and Chapter 13: Develop and Edit Argument Structure and Style
Chapter 5 covers strategies that can be used to critically read sources and also addresses strategies for avoiding logical fallacies. Critical reading is an important part of avoiding fallacies, as the latter can often appear reasonable without a close inspection. Chapter 11 defines and illustrates how to use the rhetorical devices of logos, pathos, and ethos in an argumentative setting. Chapter 13 provides strategies for revising and editing your argument in your final draft next week, which makes this a good resource to revisit when you begin that task. To access the Redshelf book, click on the book link located in the Course Resources module or the Bookshelf link on the top navigation bar of the course.
COMM Study with Dr. U. (2016, June 23). Critical thinking – fallacies [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilYfXGCiTHA This video covers many common fallacies that occur in arguments and illustrates both how to spot them and why they are flawed.
English 191. (2013, September 16). Introduction to rhetoric [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuOTD5jnMaE In this engaging video lecture by Dr. Matt Barton, the concept of rhetoric, its historical background, and the specific methods of logos, pathos, and ethos are explained further. As you learn about these methods of persuasion, consider how they can be used in your persuasive essay outline for this week, and later in your full essay.
Will Schoder. (2017, June 17). Mr. Rogers and the power of persuasion [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DGdDQrXv5U This fascinating video essay by Will Schoder examines real-life examples of powerful persuasion. As you watch and listen, consider how you might work the persuasive tactics on display into your own argumentative documents.