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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 representing the argument in the following text:

Bollywood films are great, since they're fun to watch because they show people singing and dancing and wearing bright costumes.  But Bollywood films are too long, as most of them are over three hours long.

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



  • Look for indicator words that reveal whether claims are positions, reasons, or objections
  • Refine all your claims
  • If you have trouble working out where to locate a reason, ask yourself: does this reason offer direct support for the position, or does it support some other claim?

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.