How to Make an Argument Map
Argument maps are visual ways to demonstrate reasoning and evidence for and against a statement or claim. A good map clarifies and organizes thinking by showing the logical relationships between expressed thoughts.
Like most people, students can quickly become fixated on the side of an argument they agree with. Argument mapping forces them to engage with opposing viewpoints. Argument maps have various benefits, including providing clearer thinking and reasoning skills, helping teachers introduce new concepts, locating flaws in logic, and promoting rational solutions.
Creating an Argument Map
The steps in creating an argument are from ThinkerAnalytix (TA), which is an educational nonprofit partnered with the Harvard Department of Philosophy. To create an argument map, let’s look at the different parts of an argument map in more detail: