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When teaching argument evaluation, the key idea is for students to distinguish between asking how strong a support connection is and asking whether a premise is true. In other words, you want them to internalize the two-step process of testing support relationships first, then testing premises.

Most arguments “in the wild” (and in students’ writing) suffer from a lack of clarity in how exactly the premises and evidence are relevant to proving the claim at hand, but you can address these problems by zero-ing in on support connections.

You can also use this argument evaluation process to lead (or have students lead) more precise, engaged, and rigorous classroom discussions about texts and current issues.

You can find videos, slides, lesson plan, and demo argument evaluations for Lesson 7 here: 

And with that, you have finished the last lesson in this argument mapping course. Congratulations!

As a final step to complete the course, you will get the chance to apply what you have learned by mapping and evaluating one or more complex arguments about issues with real world importance. You will also find additional materials to help you teach students how to do this kind of work themselves.