What is the controversial topic discussed by the author?
What is the author's point of view about the issue?
What are the steps in evaluating the author's argument?
- Assumptions-things that the author takes for granted without providing any proof.
- Type of support-the kind of evidence the author uses to support the argument
- Expert opinions
- Personal experiences
- Relevance of the support-
- How relevant is the support?
- If it's directly related to the argument, it is relevant.
- The authors argument is objective if they present facts.
- If the authors are experts on the topic or issue, then the recommendations are meaningful.
- An argument is complete if the author presents enough support and has counter-arguments.
- The argument is incomplete if the author does not present the counter-arguments.
- Validity-The argument is valid if it is logical and well-reasoned.
- Credibility-The argument has credibility if it is believable or convincing.