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Evaluating Arguments in a Passage - Chapter Summary
Access this chapter to learn more about evaluating arguments in a text. The lessons review essential concepts regarding supportive and unsupported claims, opposing arguments, and more. You can also refresh your knowledge of biases, assumptions, and stereotypes in written work. At the end of the chapter, you can:
- Differentiate between topics and arguments in reading passages
- Recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments
- Identify supportive and unsupportive claims in reading passages
- Describe challenging statements and opinions in a reading selection
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to analyze an argument's effectiveness and validity
- Explain how to analyze two texts with opposing arguments
The chapter offers an excellent opportunity to revive your abilities in evaluating arguments in a passages. Take advantage of the practice quizzes, transcripts, and lesson videos. If you have any questions or need additional help, contact the professional instructors through the Dashboard.
1. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage
Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.
2. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works
In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.
3. How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments
In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments. We will pay special attention to identifying strong and weak claims, reasons, and evidence.
4. Supportive vs. Unsupportive Claims in Reading Passages
This lesson will give you insight into the differences between evidence and claims, how evidence is used to create supported claims, and how to spot unsupported claims in reading passages.
5. Challenging Statements & Opinions in a Reading Selection
Do you accept everything you read as fact? Just because something is in writing, does not mean it must be true. Watch this video lesson to learn how to challenge a writer's statements.
6. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.
7. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments
In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.
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