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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 1


1. Make a Rationale Reasoning map representing the argument in the following text:

Capital punishment is wrong: innocent people are sometimes executed.  However, it deters crime.

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



  • Look for indicators for clues about identifying whether claims are positions, reasons, or objections (there are two indicator words in this case)
  • Check to see if you need to refine the claims
  • Work out how the claims are arranged in the map: ask yourself, which claim does this reason support, or this objection undermine?

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.