How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments


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''We shouldn't institute year-round school in grades 9-12. Just look at what a disaster it's been for the elementary school. Students hated it!''

What assumption is this argument making?

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Argument 1: ''Many studies have proven that vaccinations are safe and effective and protect against dangerous diseases.''

Argument 2: ''Would you want to look into your child's eye and say you deliberately put her life at risk for no reason by giving her toxic vaccines? Babies are so fragile; can you really imagine it's good for them to fill their tiny bodies with so many chemicals?''

What is one of the main differences between these two arguments?


Argument 1: ''99% of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and that it's caused by human activity. There's no need for more research. The evidence is in. The climate is changing, and we need to take action to address it. That's why I support Law X.''

Argument 2: ''I just don't believe that climate change is a serious problem, so I don't support Law X. We don't need it. It's addressing a problem that doesn't exist!''

These two authors disagree about Law X because they disagree about...

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of comparing two texts with opposing arguments. This assessment will ask students questions about the elements of an argument.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet will test students on the elements of an argument, including:

  • Claim
  • Conclusion
  • Reasons
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Skills Practiced

Students who take this assessment will be practicing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull information from the associated lesson on comparing texts with opposing arguments
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the elements of an argument
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding conclusions

Additional Learning

To learn more on this subject, check out the accompanying article, How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments. It will help you achieve these goals:

  • Learn why analyzing opposing arguments is important
  • Identify the elements of an argument
  • Determine how different evidence provides different conclusions
  • Determine how different assumptions provides different conclusions