High School
English Language Arts

Red herring: A “Fishy”Critical Thinking Error!

I have used this resource to teach students how to achieve unity and soundness in their arguments by avoiding throwing in irrelevant evidence. I find this very useful in helping students focus their arguments and "stick to the point".
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Red herring: A “Fishy”Critical Thinking Error!
  • Maria Leou says:
    Have you ever tried to change the topic when your parents ask you where you were last night? Well, this is indeed a Red Herring. Another example would be in a discussion on gun control, someone asks you, “What is your view on gun control?” and you answer “I’m for family values.” This is changing the subject and officially called a Red Herring. This video demonstrates similar examples and helps you avoid these fishy fallacies.
  • Red Herring

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    logicallyfallacious.com
    logicallyfallacious.com
    Maria Leou says:
    Definitions and examples of the Red Herring fallacy for students to understand this fallacy and avoid it in their writing.
  • Red Herring Image

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    2.bp.blogspot.com
    Maria Leou says:
    An image portraying an example of a Red Herring fallacy which helps students visualize the error in argumentation.
  • Maria Leou says:
    How to avoid “missing the point” or Red Herring fallacy. This link provides information on how to avoid red herrings so that students can boost their argumentative skills.
  • Maria Leou says:
    Several examples of red herring fallacies help students better understand what the red herring fallacy actually is and how to avoid such a fallacy.