Fallacy Summaries with Examples, writing assignment help

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Length: Five fallacies (two examples of each for a total of 10 examples): 300 words analysis per fallacy (not per example)/1500 words total

Document design: 12 pt. Times New Roman or Calibri font

Percent of final grade: 14%

Corresponding Chapter in WT: Chapter 3: Arguments Good, Bad, and Weird

Paper due on Canvas: Sunday, May 28 by 11:59 p.m., EST

Grading: I am looking for strong, effective, and correct examples of logical fallacies. I will be grading your summaries on your ability to define and describe the fallacies in your own words. If you use examples we have used in class, you will not have success on this project. If you use textbook definitions or definitions from outside sources, you will not have success on this project.


__: Select 5 logical fallacies

__: Find 2 examples for each logical fallacy you selected

__: Write 5 summaries (300 words per fallacy—discuss both examples)

Select 5 logical fallacies and find 2 examples for each: In order to become more familiar with different types of argumentation, it will be helpful to apply our reading to some real world examples. For this first assignment, select five of the logical fallacies discussed in Chapter 3 of Weird Things. The fallacies are listed below and also detailed in Chapter 3. Then, for each of the five logical fallacies you have selected, you must find two examples of where it has been applied. You can gather your examples from any type of sources (videos, advertisements, etc.), but make sure you provide a way for the class to view it or locate it (screenshot, link, etc.). Your examples cannot be personal anecdotes—you must find these logical fallacies in the media. Additionally, you cannot use any examples that are used as “samples” in class.

Advice on How to Find Examples: Sometimes it will take a keen eye to spot these fallacies, but for others it will be quite obvious when you see them. You may run across an example unintentionally! When you think you notice an example of a fallacy, jot down where you found it and what struck you as illogical.

Eligible Fallacies for this assignment (choose only five):

Begging the Question

False Dilemma




Appeal to the Person

Genetic Fallacy

Appeal to Authority

Appeal to Tradition

Appeal to Masses

Appeal to Ignorance

Appeal to Fear

Straw Man

Hasty Generalization

Faulty Analogy

False Cause

Slippery Slope

Misleading Averages

Missing Values

Hazy Comparison

Write 5 summaries: In each fallacy summary, you must include a description of the summary you are using in your own words. Do not copy the definition from the book or find your definition from an outside source. If you do this, you will not have success on this paper. Then, explain how each example utilizes the fallacy. This explanation should point to specifics from the media source and why, exactly, it’s a strong example of that particular fallacy. Finally, suggest one way you could make the example more logical. This could mean telling your readers why the logical was faulty and what you might do to “fix” it.

Paper layout:

Your paper should be laid out in the following way:

Name of the fallacy

Examples of the fallacies (links, images, etc.)

Summary of fallacy and examples


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