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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


A claim is a statement that someone puts forward as true. 


Positions, reasons, objections and rebuttals are all claims. Here are are some claims we met in earlier sets:

Claims in boxes

If we were building a brick house, we wouldn't use irregular bricks, nor ones that were likely to crumble away.  So too for good arguments: we use clear, solid claims to build them.

Master Builder

Each box in an argument map holds a thought.  We need to capture that thought in one simple, clear and precise sentence, so that anyone could immediately understand it at a glance.



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