Following on from the earlier blog-post “Philosophy And Critical Thinking Notes For The Semester (With A Head Cold)”.
Today it’s a few revision exercises – and I’m writing them quickly as it’s freezing here and I need more toast and tea.
To make sure that you’re familiar with what an argument is (and how it’s different from, say, a description, a narrative or explanation), head to this site for the following exercise:
to brush up your skills.
Remember how last time your task was to take an argument and
Identify the premise, inference/s and conclusion. Highlight the premise indicators and conclusion indicator?
Let’s try revising those skills before we head into the next stage. Here’s a useful website that can take you through it:
Finally, here’s some exercises that you can do – classify each of the following passages as description, explanation or argument.
1. In about five years time, Marie will reach her full height.
2. Vegemite is an awful food, because it damages your clothing when it falls on you and is used to confuse tourists.
3. All the high schools in this town teach critical thinking.
4. The excellent exchange rate makes holidays in New Zealand a good idea.
5. Water supplies from the reservoir are becoming scarce, so we have to think of ways that we can save water.
Then – write out five examples of words / phrases that are:
* inference indicators
* conclusion indicators
[Answers – highlight to see: 1. Description. 2. Argument. 3. Description. 4. Explanation. 5. Argument.]