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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. Drag this map onto your workspace and evaluate it.

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.


  • First evaluate the basis box.  Ask yourself: what support does this basis give the reason?  Stephen Hawking is a respected expert speaking in his field of study: is it reasonable to trust him?
  • Now evaluate the reason. Ask yourself: What confidence should I have in this reason, given my assessment of its basis?
    • If you think the basis is reliable, ask yourself: how strong a reason is this for the position above it? 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?
  • Click on the reason, go to the go to the 'Evaluate' section of the ribbon and click the box that reflects your assessment
  • Finally evaluate the position: what confidence do you have in it, given the degree of support the reason provides?
  • Make sure you've put evaluation icons in all boxes

2. Check your work against the model.



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