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The Five Parts of Argument

Reviews claim, reason, evidence, warrant, acknowledgment.
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Alisha Wheeler

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of The Five Parts of Argument

ARGUMENT WRITING
CLAIMS SUGGEST TO READERS A WAY THEY SHOULD THINK.
PART ONE: CLAIM
EXPLANATIONS PROVIDE LOGICAL FOR MAKING A CLAIM. BECAUSE EXPLANATIONS ARE DEBATABLE, AN EXPLANATION MUST BE BACKED UP WITH EVIDENCE.
PART TWO: EXPLANATION
EVIDENCE BACKS UP YOUR CLAIM AND YOUR EXPLANATION. IT CONSISTS OF FACTS THAT CANNOT BE DEBATED.
PART THREE: EVIDENCE
WARRANTS ARE THE VALUES AND BELIEFS ON WHICH YOUR REASONING DEPENDS. YOU SHOULD KNOW YOUR WARRANT SO YOU CAN JUDGE IF YOUR READERS WILL SHARE IT OR NOT.
WARRANTS
THIS LAST PIECE IS A "MOVE" THAT HAS BECOME VERY IMPORTANT & POPULAR IN ACADEMIC CIRCLES.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT
IS BRINGING UP A STRONG, OPPOSING VIEW, AND REFUTING IT. IF YOU WERE A LAWYER, IT'D BE THE REBUTTAL PORTION OF YOUR INTERVIEW.
acknowledgment
A CLAIM IS ALWAYS DEBATABLE; IT MUST ALWAYS BE BASED ON REASONS.
WHY
do you think that?
WHAT
do you think?
HOW DO YOU
KNOW
?
RIGHT NOW, DON'T WORRY ABOUT ACKNOWLEDGMENT BUT KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY. AFTER ALL, WHEN CONSTRUCTING ANY TYPE OF ARGUMENT, PREDICTING WHAT YOUR OPPOSITION WILL SAY WILL ALWAYS BE HELPFUL.
THE FIVE PARTS OF
ARGUMENT

Independent Practice
Now that we've practiced together, practice identifying these elements in groups or on your own by deconstructing an essay.
When finding a claim, ask:
When figuring our your explanation, ask:
e.g. deaf community
Why are we learning this?
Will the test count on your grade?
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