Evidence and Reasoning

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You may already be familiar with the terms ‘evidence’ and ‘reasoning’ in the context of academic standards and other educational material. Evidence and reasoning can be understood as two specific types of premises that work together as co-premises to support a claim. 

Argument mapping helps us flesh out the reasoning that connects a piece of evidence to the claim that the evidence supports. Practicing this vital skill will make students more precise and persuasive in their essays and discussions.

Now that you’ve seen how evidence and reasoning can work as co-premises in an argument map, try the following exercise to put what you’ve just learned into practice.