Evaluate an Argument
Not all arguments are created equal. It’s important to help our students understand when their arguments don’t make logical sense or don’t have enough reasonable evidence to support their main claim or thesis.
Here are questions to ask yourself and your students to evaluate their arguments:
Are the premises true or false? (How plausible/ reasonable are they?)
Are the inferences strong or weak?
Are the premises relevant to why you should believe the main claim?
Do the premises give you a sufficient reason to believe the main claim?
Remember that an argument can have true premises with weak inferences, false premises with strong inferences, or both/neither.