Example Argument Mapping

Example Argument Map

Now that we’ve established the different parts of an argument, let’s explore an example. Below is an argument map for Tinker vs. Des Moines to demonstrate the parts of an argument map.

Background Information
In 1965, students John and Mary Beth Tinker wore black armbands to school to protest the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War, despite the Des Moines school district prohibiting such an act. The Tinkers sued the district for violating their First Amendment rights, and the Supreme Court ruled in their favor in a 7-2 decision. While subsequent Supreme Court rulings narrowed the scope of free expression rights at school, Tinker v. Des Moines remains a landmark case that has defined First Amendment rights for students.

Alternatively, we can start with an overall statement and then identify examples that support it. Maybe you read in the paper recently that a local grocery store supports local sports teams by encouraging its workers to wear sports jerseys on Saturdays. When you visit the store on Saturday for your next shopping trip, you would expect to see the workers wearing jerseys. This is deductive reasoning.

Additional Resources

For more resources on Tinker v. Des Moines, watch the Bill of Rights Institutes Homework Help Video and explore the ThinkerAnalytics Argument Map Puzzles.