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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 3

1. Make a Rationale Reasoning map of the following argument:

Cycling to work reduces pollution so people should cycle to work.

Drag and drop sections of the above text onto the workspace to proceed.  This works with any version of Rationale.



  • Identify the indicator word
  • Work out what kind of indicator it is: is what follows the indicator a reason, objection, or position?
  • If you have identified a position, then you need to work out what sort of claim remains: is it a reason or an objection?  If the claim supports the position then it is a reason.  If the claim provides evidence that the position is false, then it is an objection.  Put the claim in the relevant kind of box when you've worked this out.

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 .