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Put on your thinking hat! A creative approach to argument analysis. Candice Benjes -Small, Erin Berman, & Susan Van Patten Radford University. Argument Analysis. Critical thinking essential for college GRE Evaluating arguments is difficult for students. Our Thinking Hats.

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argument analysis
Argument Analysis
  • Critical thinking essential for college
    • GRE
  • Evaluating arguments is difficult for students
our thinking hats
Our Thinking Hats
  • Pink: Summarize the argument
  • Black: What are the weaknesses?
  • Green: What are the strengths?
  • Red: What is your personal, emotional reaction?
  • Blue: Who is the audience? Who benefits and who doesn’t?
sample argument
Sample argument

"[D]on’t drink milk for health. I am convinced on the weight of the scientific evidence that it does not \'do a body good.\' Inclusion of milk will only reduce your diet’s nutritional value and safety. Most of the people on this planet live very healthfully without cows’ milk. You can too."

Robert M. Kradjian, MD

article critique
Article Critique

Dr. Kradjian’s argument is bad. I like drinking milk and I am healthy. Furthermore, in our county we have many dairy farmers who make a living from selling milk. It is important to our economy that we support the farmers.

making your hat
Making your hat
  • Start with paper skinny side up (portrait)
  • Fold paper in half, horizontally
making your hat1
Making your hat
  • Fold again vertically (quarters)
  • Open up the paperso the crease is in the middle
making your hat2
Making your hat
  • Fold down the left corner to the middle crease
making your hat3
Making your hat
  • Fold down right corner, leaving an edge at the bottom
making your hat4
Making your hat
  • Fold up one of the bottom edges
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Making your hat
  • Flip the hat over and fold up the second edge
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Making your hat
  • Open up the bottom and put on your thinking hat!

"Dear Mrs X,I have been informed that you are now my advisor and i sure hope you are better than those people this summer.  I need to meet with you asap to fix my schedule as it is not in my interests to take classes before 11 am.  those others this summer said that there were no seats in the classes i close number one at the later hours but for my success i am hoping you can make room.  I am availabe to meet any time after 8pm tonight or at noon tomorrow.-StudentPS oh and i wondered if you could do something about the parking situation with my dorm too.  we will raise that issue when we meet"


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  • Discussion boards
  • Group work
  • Scaffolding to the argument analysis
  • Peer speech analysis
  • Acknowledged emotional response but then isolated it
  • Encouraged students to explore different aspects of argument
  • Developed deeper level of evaluation and reflection