Classical Academic Press Logic & Rhetoric Curriculum

Everyday Debate & Discussion, Art of Argument, Discovery of Deduction, & The Argument Builder

The Art of Argument

Young teens will encounter many fallacious arguments both in their youth and as they grow into a fully adult world. From billboards to college professors to politicians, false types of arguments are used everywhere. Learn to discern what arguments are valid and which are not with The Art of Argument. Teaching teens to identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, each chapter is filled with examples, illustrations, review questions, and sometimes even advertisements, dialouge and other real-world examples. 229 pages, softcover with glossary. Jr. High Students.

    This DVD set accompanies Classical Academic Press' The Art of Argument curriculum. Students will follow four students and three logic teachers as they discuss the 28 fallacies presented in the curriculum. Fallacies are defined, explored, and practically applied to student life, ads, political speeches, and other types of debates. Both serious and silly, students will end up with a firm understanding of the various types of fallacies that exist! 5 DVDs.

    The Discovery of Deduction

    The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic will introduce students to the realm of formal, deductive logic. Formal logic studies how an argument is put together-the form or structure of an argument-as well as its real-world implications. Using methods such as Socratic dialogue, ample discussion, and integration of other subjects, it teaches the ways in which these dialectic students learn best. Example scenarios, exercises, points to remember, quotes, charts, and thorough lessons will help students grasp the concepts presented, and be able to apply them! Grades 8 & up. 324 pages, softcover.

    This teacher's edition accompanies Classical Academic Press' The Discovery of Deduction Student Book. This guide includes the entire student text, along with answer keys, teaching tips, and sample essays, dialogues, and arguments. Where students are given room to write in answers, the correct answers are overlaid; "Deduction in Action" answers are provided in the back, with a teacher's note to direct them to the correct page. Designed for 8th grade students and up, this accessible text makes the study of logic not only engaging, but practical as well. Real-world applications of soundly structured, deductive logic are given using Socratic dialogue, discussion, and other subjects. 351 pages, softcover.

    The Argument Builder

    Seeking to give students the tools and knowledge to build strong arguments, this book teaches the argument-discovery method called "Common Topics", which presents a list of lines of argument that allows you to discover the possible arguments for your subject. Terms and concepts from the study of logic and rhetoric are explored, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans who came up with them. Exercises feature room to answer, explain, describe, list, practice, brainstorm, identify, and follow-up on a variety of questions that will keep students engaged and using their brains! 185 page, softcover, with glossary.

    This teacher's edition accompanies Classical Academic Press' The Argument Builder text by Shelly Johnson. The entire student text is reproduced here, and answer keys, teaching tips, and reproducible tests and quizzes are also provided. 220 pages, softcover.

    Everyday Debate & Discussion

    Everyday Debate: A Guide to Socratic Conversation, Information Discussion, and Formal Debate from Classical Academic Press introduces students to the basics of debate, logic, style, arrangement, and the practical details of debate. Whether your students welcome debate as an adventure or shrink from debate or disagreement, this workbook will give students confidence in discussing their opinions and open their eyes to the benefit of debate, disagreement, and discussion in both everyday life and in formal debate settings.

    This course is perfect for teachers leading a debate team or class, teachers who want to create a truly dialectical environment, and teachers who wish to add more robust discussion and debate into class-time. This book not only shows students how to conduct informal and formal debates, but also how to develop good arguments by using solid logic, their own thinking skills, and tools from the world around them.

    Six units (26 chapters) cover topics in depth, with new words bolded and defined, footnotes for reference, and sidebar notes as needed. Students read the instructional text before completing review exercises, "everyday debate" exercises, and "learning from the masters" assignments.

    295 pages, softcover. Consumable and non-reproducible. High school.

    This teacher's edition is designed to be used with the Everyday Debate & Discussion Student Edition from Classical Academic Press (not-included and sold-separately).

    Full-size student pages are reproduced with the correct answers overlaid. When there's additional information in the teacher's pages at the end of the chapter, a little icon appears within the student pages. These teacher pages include additional helpful advice for teaching the lesson and additional answers where necessary (such as for suggested discussion ideas). At the end of this guide, a mini-crash course in creating dialectic classrooms is provided, which provide teachers with a clearer picture of dialectic classrooms, and ideas on how to use the powerful dialectic tools of Socratic discussion and debate in the classroom.