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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


Exercise 5

1. Ready for something challenging?  Here's a fairly complex map structure:

We'll help you out by identifying the reasons and objections.  Your job is to work out where each of the following claims belongs in that map:

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  • Identify the top level reason and objection.  It helps to look for key words - for example, the word 'chocolate' is in the position, and it appears in only two other claims.  Those claims belong at the level immediately under the position.
  • Key words can also help us work out which claims belong to which branches: look for the key word 'cocoa' in one branch, and 'sugar' in the other

2. Check your work against the model.



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