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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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 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.