Understanding Key Arguments of Sources


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When you are dealing with a more formal text like an academic article or essay, where might you find the main argument or ideas?

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1. Complete the sentence: In addition to using the text's structure in order to identify the key arguments in a text, you might also look out for some key words that indicate when the author is making a _____.

2. Which of the following does not represent a sentence type that you might want to look for when trying to determine a text's main ideas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about eliciting the main ideas of any source. Answer questions on key points like the main argument in a formal piece of writing and how to identify the key arguments in a text.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be answering questions on these specific topics:

  • How to determine the main ideas in a text
  • How those main ideas can be interpreted
  • Something that is helpful when identifying a source's main argument

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on eliciting the main ideas of any source
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where a main argument in a text is often located
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how to identify an argument in a text and understand its main ideas

Additional Learning

Use the lesson entitled Understanding Key Arguments of Sources for more on the following areas of study:

  • How to communicate a point in a text
  • Certain words or phrases that indicate the author's main argument
  • Some details about writings which are less formal
Final Exam
Chapter Exam
Evaluating Sources: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.8
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