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Understanding Arguments & Reasoning in Texts - Chapter Summary
What are the parts of an argument? Which methods are best when analyzing two texts with opposing arguments? You will find lessons addressing these types of questions when you access this short chapter. Other lessons in this chapter are devoted to understanding and evaluating topics and reasoning in various text formats, such as essays and articles. Once you have completed your review of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand topics presented in different media or formats
- List and explain the parts of an argument
- Analyze texts presenting opposing arguments
- Evaluate reasoning in a text
- Explain how to synthesize written information
With 24/7 accessibility from any device and printable lesson transcripts, this chapter makes it easy to study whenever and wherever best fits your schedule. Jump tags allow you to go to the parts of the lesson that cover only those topics you need to most review. Self-assessment quizzes are great tools you can use to measure what you've learned and identify any areas you need to focus on as you move from lesson to lesson.
1. Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats
Information can be presented in many ways, and it's important to understand all of them. In this lesson, we'll talk about several ways for information to be presented and see how they relate to each other.
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 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.
4. 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.
5. How to Synthesize Written Information
Synthesizing written information is the process of taking multiple sources and bringing them together into one cohesive idea, while bringing in a new idea or theory. This lesson explains different ways to do this effectively.
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