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PART I: Paragraphs and Sentences...

SET 1: The Parts of Arguments

SET 2: Indicator Words

SET 3: Refining Claims

SET 4: Locating Arguments in Prose

SET 5: Rationale's Essay Planner

SET 6: Assessing

SET 7 : More on Assessing

Now try this for yourself.

Note at this point you really must open this web page in the inbuilt browser of Rationale, if you have not done so already. The exercises have a neat feature that will save you a lot of typing, but it only works if you are using that inbuilt browser. So just copy the URL of this page, then in Rationale open the "Text Panel" (the tab for this is bottom right in Rationale window, thencChoose the "Web" tab at top and paste in UR. Expand the windows width by the handle on the border.

Exercise 1

1. Make a Rationale Reasoning map of this form:

Map Template

Use these claims:

Drag this onto the workspace

Drag this image onto the workspace to proceed.  You must be using the inbuilt browser in Rationale 1.3 or later.


  • Start by dragging the boxes onto your workspace
  • Change the colors of the boxes to show what sort of claim each is: a white box for the position, a green box for the reason, and a red box for the objection.
    • There are two main ways to change the colour of the box:
      • Right-click a box, choose "Change Box..." and choose one of the options (at this point only use the first 3)
      • Left-click a box, then go to top menu bar. Making sure youre in "Home" mode, click on "Box" and choose one of the options (at this point only use the first 3)
  • Once you've created at least one reason/objection, make sure you're in the Home mode (Top Menu) and then make sure you're working in "Reason" mode (and not Group or Analysis mode).
  • The position is the main point at stake, or the chief issue under consideration
  • The reason is the claim that supports the position by providing evidence that suggests the position is true
  • The objection is the claim that undermines the position, offering something to suggest that the position is false
  • Arrange the boxes to replicate the argument template we've provided

2. Check your work against the model.


Content of this page drawn in whole or part from the Austhink Rationale Exercises with permission from Austhink.