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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

This time we'll go all the way and evaluate a whole argument.

1. Drag this map onto your workspace and evaluate the basis box first, then the reason, then the position.

Drag this onto the workspace

Drag this image onto the workspace to proceed.  You must be using the inbuilt browser in Rationale 1.3 or later.


  • Start with the basis box: Is this a reliable source of information?  (You already thought about this in set 6)
  • Next look at the reason: what confidence do you have in it, given your assessment of its basis?
    • If you think the basis is reliable, ask yourself: does this reason give support for the position? How good a reason is it - strong or weak?
    • If you think the basis is a poor source of information ask yourself: could I still reasonably accept this claim on other grounds?  If the answer is no, then the reason can't provide any support for the position.
  • Now evaluate the position: what confidence do you have in this?  If the reason doesn't support it, can you think of any other grounds for accepting it?
  • Reflect all these decisions on your map by selecting each box in turn and using the 'evaluate' section of the ribbon to add icons to the map

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.