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Strengthen your reasoning abilities. Construct persuasive arguments Your goal is to get readers to believe, change or act. What is an argument?. A reason (or chain of reasons) used to support a claim Arrange in logical sequence Support with evidence. Building an argument: Step 1. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Strengthen your reasoning abilitiesConstruct persuasive argumentsYour goal is to get readers to believe, change or act

What is an argument?

A reason (or chain of reasons) used to support a claimArrange in logical sequenceSupport with evidenceBuilding an argument: Step 1

Prepare your argument:Identify your purpose (Take a position? Call to action? Offer solution?)

Building an argument: Step 1

Prepare your argument:Use reasoning, linking ideas in logical sequenceGather solid evidence

Building an argument: Step 2State your claimAssert that something is true, has value, or should be done

Building an argument: Step 3Support your claimSupport each point with solid evidence

Building an argument: Step 4

Engage the oppositionMake concessionsDevelop rebuttalsUse appropriate appealsMaking a claimArguments center on a claim, a key point you wish to explain, defend.Its clearly arguableIts defendableIts understandable

Making a claim

Distinguish claims from facts and opinionsMaking a claim

Distinguish claims from facts and opinionsClaim: The film version of The Fellowship of the Rings captures the spirit of Tolkiens novel.Develop a supportable claimAvoid claims that are obvious, trivial, or unsupportableUse qualifiersBalance confidence with common sense

Develop a supportable claimGather evidenceAnecdotesStatisticsTestsGraphicsAnalogiesExpert testimonyExamples

Engage the oppositionMake concessionsBy acknowledging oppositions valid points, you build credibilityEngage the opposition

Develop rebuttalsLook for small, tactful argument aimed at weakness in opposing argumentEngage the opposition

Be logicalAim to motivate, not manipulateIf readers find your evidence complex, simple, or strange, youve lost them

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