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Argument evaluation is important in everyday life to help you communicate effectively with others, and to function in the world around you.

This assignment requires you to evaluate a written argument through identifying the claim and the supporting evidence. First, identify the type of claim (see Toulmin Model, Chaper 1), then evaluate the claim/argument by determining whether the author supported it using credible defense. 

Select an article from one of the themes on the Argument Evaluation Topic List.

Read the article, and use the tips provided on p. 171 in Ch. 5 and p. 229 in Ch. 7 of Elements of Argument to evaluate the effectiveness of the author's claim and analyze the supporting evidence.

Write a minimum 350-word summary of your evaluation.  In no more than 1 page double-spaced, include the following language and details:

  • Identify and define (using the texbook) the type of claim given in the article.
  • Identify the author's claim, and determine the argument.
  • Identify and analyze the supporting evidence connected to the claim.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the support used to defend the author's claim.
  • Respond to the argument (in third person point of view) based on your evaluation. Use the tips in Ch. 4 of Elements of Argument for guidance on how to form your response.

Format your summary according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Include an APA-formatted title page. Any ideas used from the textbook or the individual article should be cited appropriately using in-text citations, as well as a references page citation. Use the Reference and Citation Generator in the Center for Writing Excellence for assistance with citations, if necessary.

The Argument Evaluation and Response Grading Guide will be used to grade your assignment.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab. 

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Argument Evaluation and Response Topic List

EDUCATION

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & SECURITY

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