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Ch 6: CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments

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Let us show you how to improve your skill in evaluating arguments. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter provide several approaches to help you pass the reading portion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test.

CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments Chapter Summary

Prospective teachers preparing for the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) might want to use the video lessons in this chapter to strengthen their ability to evaluate arguments. These lessons can show you how to challenge statements and opinions in a reading selection. You'll also learn how to evaluate reasoning in essays or articles. Other topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Comparing and contrasting ideas
  • Determining if facts or ideas are relevant
  • Recognizing statements that strengthen or weaken an argument

Objectives of the CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments Chapter

To work as a teacher at a public school in California or Oregon, you must hold the proper credentials. As part of the credentialing process, both states require that prospective teachers pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test, which assesses general proficiency in reading, mathematics and writing. Approximately 40% of the reading portion of this exam focuses on test takers' ability to critically analyze and evaluate written works. The entire reading section consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.

We offer a handful of lessons that can help you boost your skill at evaluating arguments. Each lesson features a video presentation and a self-assessment test. The latter can be taken as many times as you'd like - both before and after you watch the video - as a way to identify areas where you need additional guidance.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments
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How to Evaluate Reasoning

1. How to Evaluate Reasoning

A critical analysis includes the evaluation of a written document's reasoning. Learn the steps to evaluate an author's reasoning fairly regardless of position in an argument and to understand how to use tools such as inductive and deductive validity in the process.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

As you read essays and articles, your reading comprehension and understanding of each writing's purpose and key points are enhanced if you understand the author's reasoning and logic. Explore deductive and inductive reasoning processes and learn techniques for evaluating reasoning in an essay or article.

Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

3. Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

Persuasive writing devices are rhetorical devices used to sway an audience's opinions, such as repetition and parallelism. Learn the definition of persuasive writing, discover the power of ethos, logos, and pathos, and then review examples of how rhetorical devices can be used to emphasize an argument.

How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

4. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

Gaps and inconsistences can make a text unclear and confusing for an audience. Learn how to recognize dangerous gaps and inconsistencies that can discredit arguments, cause misinformation in informational texts, and lead to plot holes in fiction.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

5. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In order to determine the effectiveness and validity of an argument, one must pay close attention to its elements. Learn how to analyze whether or not an argument works by examining its parts, including its claim, reasons, evidence, and assumptions.

How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments

6. How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments

Certain statements and how factual they are or how they are delivered can strengthen or weaken your argument. Learn more about the three elements of argument formulation and differences between strong and weak reasoning, and read examples.

Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

7. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

Graphics are used to convey complex or jargon-filled information from persuasive and functional texts in an audience-friendly way. Learn how to interpret such graphics, specifically diagrams, pie charts, bar graphs, flowcharts, and schematic drawings.

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