About This Chapter
Argument & Evidence Analysis in Writing - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you will get a firsthand look at how to analyze arguments and evidence in writing. This is a useful skill to have in order to become an accomplished writer. After going through all the lessons in this chapter, you'll know about the following:
- Examples of how arguments are constructed and the pieces of an argument
- Ways to persuade readers through writing
- Three ways to assess evidence
- Strategies for improving supporting information
- Difference between effectiveness and validity
- How to analyze writing
- Speech and letter analysis
The lessons in this chapter are mobile friendly for your convenience. You can study in the comfort of your home on your computer, or you can study on the go on your smartphone or tablet. Having this flexibility allows you to study when it is convenient for you. You can also keep track of your progress through the chapter by completing the lesson quizzes.
1. Argument Structure: From Premise to Conclusion
In this lesson, consider examples of an argument, as the term is understood in philosophy. You'll learn how to create appropriate premises and how this influences how likely it is for a listener to accept your conclusion.
2. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence
To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.
3. How to Support Your Claims in Writing With Reasoning and Evidence
What makes an essay persuasive? How can you convince people that your position is the stronger side? In this lesson, we'll explore reasons and evidence and how to use them in a persuasive essay to convince others to support your side.
4. Assessing Evidence in Informational Writing
It's important to know what you're reading. In this lesson, we're going to examine the evidence in informational texts to learn whether it's valid or not.
5. Using Details to Support an Argument
This lesson will help you to be prepared to make a more comprehensive argument by including details. You'll consider what's missing from arguments without specifics and what strategies to use to improve your supporting information.
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. Writing an Analysis of an Author's Argument
This lesson will show you how to evaluate an author's argument and develop a written response of your analysis for the SAT essay. It will also show you how to use specific examples to support your analysis.
8. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.
9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech
There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.
10. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter
Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.
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