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Ch 11: Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons and quizzes to learn how to evaluate arguments and reasoning. Explore how to identify underlying assumptions and determine the relationships between specific and more general ideas.

Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning - Chapter Summary

This chapter on evaluating arguments and reasoning can teach you to determine whether facts and ideas are relevant to a text and to identify appeals to popularity or emotion. Our video lessons can also teach you to recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments. Other lessons in this chapter address the following objectives:

  • Evaluating the reasoning in a written passage
  • Recognizing underlying assumptions
  • Examining relationships between specific and general ideas
  • Deciding if ideas or information are relevant
  • Identifying logical fallacies that appeal to emotion, popularity or ignorance

This chapter is taught by experienced educators, including those who hold advanced degrees and have experience teaching writing courses at the college and professional levels. Most of the videos in this chapter are only around five minutes in length, and they're presented in a manner that makes learning fun. If you have trouble absorbing information that's presented in a video format, you can use the written transcripts that accompany each video.

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