Because the development of solid reasoning skills is an instrumental aspect of speech formation, this teaching activity draws connections among the identification of logical fallacies, the recognition of the importance of soundly reasoned arguments, and the reduction of speaker apprehension. Students are asked to design their own humorous skits that exemplify a logical fallacy. This exercise encourages them to consider not only how fallacies can be based on faulty reasoning, but the broader implications of logical fallacies, including speaker credibility, underlying rhetorical uses, and to what extent a lack of speaker motivation can lead to deficient reasoning. Through student collaboration and a classroom atmosphere that emphasizes humor within the project, this activity can also decrease speaker apprehension.
"Assessing Logical Fallacies in Persuasion: Using Role-play to Identify and Critique Solid Reasoning in Public Speaking,"
Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD: Vol. 2
, Article 8.
Available at: http://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol2/iss1/8