When you are analyzing arguments, it's important to look at the evidence that the author provides. It's also important to evaluate the evidence that an author uses. Some authors will use poor evidence to try to get you to agree with them. Don't fall for it!
Here is a video explaining some common logical fallacies (you'll see the presenter give names to each type of fallacy - don't freak out about learning the names! The important thing is the examples she gives):
What questions, comments, or examples do you have about logical fallacies? Leave a comment to start the discussion.
A key task of preparing for the Extended Response on the HSE tests is analyzing the arguments made in a reading. (Pro tip for those of you planning to go on to college in the future, this is also a key task in college!) Here's a video about how to begin analyzing arguments in academic text:
What questions do you have about analyzing arguments? Leave your questions in a comment on this post.
In order to get ready for the Constitution portion of your HSE test, the first thing you need to know about is the Declaration of Independence. This important document was essentially a fancy way of telling the British government to butt out of colonists' lives. Here's a short video that explains some of the key events surrounding the Declaration of Independence:
What questions do you have about the Declaration of Independence? Leave your questions in a comment on this post.
The extended response is probably the most intimidating part of the GED and other high school equivalency (HSE) tests. It's worth about 20% of your score, so it's important to understand what it is and how to do well on it. We'll practice it in class, but here's an overview to get you started:
What questions do you have about the Extended Response? Click "comments" below or at the top of this post to add your questions.