Study Exercise for Argument
Working with this will help you to learn to recognize the various
key terms in analyzing an argument. The exercise will work best if you will
print off this page (you may also print off a .pdf
version, or use a word processor), use
the links below to find discourse to analyze, and then share your results with
others to see how close you came.
Thesis of the strategic discourse: ____________________________
Two issues addressed in the discourse:
Select a claim made in the discourse: _________________________
Select the support for the claim: ____________________________
If this claim is an identifiable form of argument, what form is it?
On the back of this form, evaluate the support for the claim.
Evaluate it both as evidence and for its warranting strength.
These links will take you to various kinds of strategic discourse that you can
- About Climate Change, World Wildlife Federation. Analyze any of the links in the navigation box to the left.
- Ailiing Automakers Need Bankruptcy, Not Bankruptcy-Lite , by Andrew Grossman, The Heritage Foundation
Immigration Law Should Reflect Our Dynamic Labor Market,
Daniel T. Griswold, Libertarian Party.
- Against the Free Choice Act, by George McGovern
- For the Free Choice Act, AFL/CIO, click on commercial
- Martin Luther King's Letter
from Birmingham Jail
- Choices and Change, Barbara
Bush's speech to the graduates of Wellesley College, June 1, 1990.
The Rich and the Rest of Us, by John Cavanagh and Chuck Collins, The Nation
Post-tenure review: Grading goes both ways Diamondback, March 10, 2009
- Abraham Lincoln's Second
In addition, you can select columns from newspapers and magazines of your choosing.
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