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Interest Groups: Influencing Politics

Introduction At the start of a new school year, Bianca and her classmates notice fewer after-school activities and clubs. When they ask their principal about it, she says that the...

Epidemics vs. Pandemics: Defining Global Diseases

Background Did you know that diseases are spreading throughout the globe faster than ever before? You have probably heard the words “epidemic” and “pandemic” thrown around in the ...

Tu quoque: You Too?!?

Have You Ever? You’ve probably had at least a handful of adults tell you not to do drugs or to never drink underage. Imagine that you found out your parents did all of these thing...

Non sequitur: Follow Along!

Have You Ever? During lunch, you’re chatting with your friends about the latest blockbuster movie that came out. All of you are really excited to see it. The reviews are great, yo...

Argument From Repetition: It Works Again and Again

Have You Ever? You’re hanging out with your friend Iggy and idly chatting about a new video game. Her brother Mark is familiar with the franchise and joins in the conversation. A ...

Allegory: More than a Children’s Story

Have You Ever? Have you read George Orwell’s Animal Farm? At the beginning of the story, all the animals work together to overthrow their cruel farmer and run the farm themselves....

Status Quo: Sticking to What You Know

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard the idiom, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease?” Maybe your parents have explained the reasoning behind their actions with the words, “we’ve alwa...

Selection Bias: Don’t Forget About Me!

Have You Ever? Have you ever wondered why some studies show results that just aren’t consistent with reality? This can happen for many reasons, and one of them is when the subject...

Parallelism/Chiasmus: Repeat After Me

Background Here are two famous quotes that you’re probably familiar with. The first is an excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, which begins with the ...

Appeal to the Stone: Endorsed by Glass Houses!

Problem Your school is running its annual activities fair. Every table is occupied by a club or sports team, ready to pitch their hobbies to anyone who might join their preferred ...