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					                                               English                              Persuasive Essay


                            Toulmin’s Model of Argument

                                   How to use this worksheet:
                                   Toulmin’s model is an effective tool to help you question your sources
                                   and the essential elements of your own argument.

                                   Use a separate copy of this worksheet to evaluate each of your
                                   sources. Once you’ve identified the specific parts of each argument,
                                   compare the claims, the data, the warrants (along with any qualifiers,
                                   rebuttals, or backing). Note where arguments are similar or different,
                                   weaker or stronger, supported by more or less (or by convincing or
                                   unconvincing) data.

                                    Use another copy of the worksheet to plan your own argument.
Decide on a claim that is supported by the data and the warrants you have discovered through your
research. Knowing the elemental structure of your argument is an essential step toward producing an
effective argument.

Source: (Record the full source citation here

      Statistics

      Study

      Testimony (Quote from Authority)

List each claim made in the argument._

my claim is I think we should not have uniforms in school.

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Record the data used to support each claim. ______________________________________

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Identify the warrants. (What assumptions make the data support the claims?) Are these

warrants implicit (implied) or explicit (clearly stated)? If we have uniforms then kids can’t

express themselves._____________________________

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Record any backing given for the warrant(s).______________________________________

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List any qualifiers.___________________________________________________________

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List any rebuttals.___________________________________________________________

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What is your overall evaluation of the strength or weakness of this argument? What reasons

can you give to support your evaluation?_________________________________________


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