The Art of Argument

by Aaron Larsen Author

Middle and High School students will argue (and sometimes quarrel), but they won't argue well without good training. Young teens are also targeted by advertisers with a vengeance. From billboards to commercials to a walk down the mall, fallacious arguments are everywhere you look. The Art of Argument was designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance and purpose at a time when he has a penchant for the why and how. It is designed to equip and sharpen young minds as they live, play, and grow in this highly commercial culture. This course teaches students to recognize and identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, and the eye-catching text includes over sixty slick and clever, "phony advertisements" for items from blue jeans to pick-up trucks, which apply the fallacies to a myriad of real life situations. Students who complete The Art of Argument will know how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose . . . and have fun along the way! They will study and master 28 logical fallacies, which will provide an essential lifetime framework for filtering good and bad reasoning as well as writing and speaking effectively. This mastery of informal logic is a foundational subject by which other subjects are evaluated, assessed, and learned. The Art of Argument features clear explanations and illustrations, along with dialogues, worksheets, and dialectic discussion questions, making this text easy to follow and engaging. The fallacies become relevant with practical applications through an analysis of current social, commercial, and political issues, as well as over 60 comical and clever phony advertisements. Fun extras are included, such as a humorous skit for students to perform and the famous short story “Love Is a Fallacy” by Max Shulman. The Art of Argument Teacher’s Edition and the Art of Argument DVD set are available as companion products.

Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
7th - 12th
Classical Academic Press
Student Edition


  • 1 Introduction & pp 5-30
  • 2 pp 31-50
  • 3 pp 51-68
  • 4 pp 69-90
  • 5 Review (pp 91-95) & Test One on Chapters 1 & 2
  • 6 pp 96-104
  • 7 pp 105-117
  • 8 pp 118-141
  • 9 pp 142-157
  • 10 Review (pp 158-159) & Test Two on Chapters 3 & 4
  • 11 pp 160-169
  • 12 pp 170-185
  • 13 pp 186-200
  • 14 pp 201-212 & Test Three (Project) Due
  • 15 Amazing Review! & Test Four on Chapters 5 & 6

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