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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

        HYPERLINK "" Statistics

      Study

      Testimony (Quote from Authority)

-List each claim made in the argument. Teens should be subjected to a curfew for a way to

stop crime.

-Record the data used to support each claim.

       The curfews can save lots of lives.

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

warrants implicit (implied) or explicit (clearly stated)?

       If the state forms a curfew, then the more live that will be saved and less chaos.

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

       Studies show that the crime jumped 35 present during the school year and dropped

down to 12 percent during the summer.

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-List any qualifiers.

       When they put a curfew on, the teens will turn to their parents and try to use them.

The teens will still be out after the time.

-List any rebuttals.

       If you are going to a play at your school or a ball game, the cops could pull you over

thinking you did something bad.

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

reasons can you give to support your evaluation?

       Strength                          weakness

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