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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 4


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

Everyone should eat breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, since it provides you with the energy that the body needs to start the day well. But sometimes you're not hungry at breakfast, however it's nonetheless good for you even when you're not hungry.

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



  • Refine all your claims by making them fully fleshed out, unambiguous declarative sentences
  • Look for indicator words that reveal whether claims are positions, reasons, or objections
  • When you don't have indicators to give you clues, you'll need to work out the argument's logical structure by thinking about which claims give support to, or undermine, other claims, and which claim expresses the argumentative position (the main point at stake)
  • 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.