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Arguments and Assertions. Dr. John Eigenauer Taft College. Arguments and Assertions. The best way to distinguish an argument from an assertion is to create a map. If the map has a conclusion and a reason, it is an argument . If it lacks a reason, it is an assertion .

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Arguments and assertions
Arguments and Assertions

Dr. John Eigenauer

Taft College


Arguments and assertions1
Arguments and Assertions

  • The best way to distinguish an argument from an assertion is to create a map. If the map has a conclusion and a reason, it is an argument. If it lacks a reason, it is an assertion.


Practice with mapping
Practice with Mapping

  • Is the following statement an argument or an assertion?

  • There is a God.

  • Map the statement to determine if it is an argument or an assertion.


Map of an assertion
Map of an Assertion

  • This is an assertion because it has a conclusion, but it lacks supporting reasons.


Practice with mapping1
Practice with Mapping

  • Is the following statement an argument or an assertion?

  • The New York Yankees will win the pennant; after all, they are the best team in baseball.


Map of an argument
Map of an Argument

  • This is an argument because it has two parts: a conclusion and a reason that supports it:


Map of an argument1
Map of an Argument

  • Is the following statement an argument or an assertion?

  • The New York Yankees will win the pennant; after all, they are the best team in baseball. They have the best hitting and the best pitching.



Practice with mapping2
Practice with Mapping

  • Map the following statement by breaking it down into a conclusion and a reason:

  • The US economy is going to continue growing. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up, and consumer sentiment is high, all of which indicate growth.




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