How do I analyze an argument in order to form an educated opinion?
1) Write the AGENDA into your TRACKER.
2) Some nice person(s) will help pass out the composition books and library fines (if any).
3) Have your “Everything Notes” pages 7-9 ready.
4) Open your textbook to page 960. Continue working on gathering data from the two articles until Mr. Block greets you.
· Allow 5-10 minute work period for students to finish step #1.
· Provide a 5-10 minute share out session for students to discuss their findings for step #1.
· Provide 20 minutes for students to complete steps #2, #3, and #4.
· Share results at end.
Analysis: Professional Athletes’ Salaries
Step 1: Gather Data
Article title (pg. 960):
Pro Athletes’ Salaries Aren’t Overly Exorbitant
Article title (pg. 962):
Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much?
Athletes are paid fairly.
Athletes are paid too much.
83-93 Loaded Language / Ad Hominem
Athletes are paid fairly because they deserve what the fans are willing to pay.
Athletes are paid too much because we put too much importance on entertainment.
Steps 2, 3, and 4 will require:
· Complete sentences.
· Examination of your data.
Step #2: Ask questions
Answer in a few short paragraphs.
1. What do you personally value most between ethos, logos, and pathos? Why?
2. How much does the presence of fallacies make you distrust the argument? Are some fallacies worse than others?
Step #3: Draw a conclusion
1. Compare the ethos, logos, and pathos side by side. What are the strengths and weaknesses of both arguments?
2. Which article made the better argument? Why?
3. What is your final, educated opinion on baseball player’s salaries?
Step #4: Strategizing
1. What, if anything, do you think should be done about professional athletes’ salaries? Why?
2. Write a “What if…” statement that encapsulates what you think should be done about athlete’s...