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Evaluating argument

The IDEAS project suggests the following criteria can be used in evaluating students’ argument.

  • Is there a claim?
  • Does the argument have data to support the claim?
  • Does the argument link the data to the claim?
  • Are there further justifications to support the case?
  • Is there any anticipation of a counter argument and how it could be opposed?

 

 A useful writing frame is:

I think that ...............................................................

The evidence to support this idea is ...........................

The evidence supports me because ...........................

Arguments against me are .........................................

I would counter these arguments by ............................

 

  Assessment in past papers

 

Teacher: Look, this isn't an argument.

Student: Yes it is.

Teacher: No it isn't. It's just contradiction.

Student: Oh no it isn't!

Teacher: Oh yes it is.


With apologies to Monty Python


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