About This Chapter
Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning - Chapter Summary
Topics covered in this chapter can help you learn how to evaluate the arguments presented in an essay or news article. The video lessons address the following techniques for weighing an argument's evidence and evaluating the strength of an author's logic:
- Evaluate reasoning
- Identify an author's argument
- Recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments
- Determine the role of an idea, reference, or piece of information in an author's argument
- Identify the relationship among ideas
- Compare or contrast ideas
- Determine if facts or ideas are relevant
- Identify logical assumptions
- Draw conclusions from a reading selection
You can use the video lessons covering these approaches to prepare for the test. There are also self-assessment quizzes to help you determine areas for improvement and organize a study plan that allows you to review this material in time for the exam.
Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning Chapter Objectives
The Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam is a computer-based test used by some colleges to evaluate whether or not applicants have the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in a teacher training program. This exam is also used by some state education boards as part of the credentialing process for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers.
The Integration of Knowledge and Ideas section is one of three parts of the exam and includes questions relating to the topics covered in this chapter. After reading a passage, you'll be presented with a series of statements and asked to identify which one most accurately describes how the ideas in the passage relate to one another or explains the relevance of a piece of information presented in the argument. The section is 17-22 questions in length and makes up around 35% of the 56 multiple-choice questions found on the exam.
1. How to Evaluate Reasoning
Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.
2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
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Other chapters within the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading (5712): Study Guide & Practice course
- About the Praxis Reading Core Academic Test
- Praxis I Reading: Comprehension
- Praxis I Reading: Themes and Main Ideas
- Praxis I Reading: Word Choice and Language
- Praxis I Reading: Figurative Language and Nuance
- Praxis I Reading: Structure and Organization
- Praxis I Reading: Point of View
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Flashcards