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Using Argument Maps to Develop Argumentation Skills

Students’ ability to design and understand their arguments can improve by teaching the relatively simple skills of argument mapping. While dozens of software programs such as Rationale and Augumentative make applying this skill relatively easy, teachers and students can apply simple rules with blank pieces of paper and colored pencils to practice the process of […]

Teaching the Full Force of the Art of Argumentation: A Startling Claim by Apthonius

Apthonius makes a remarkable and initially puzzling claim that stages five and six, Refutation and Confirmation, of his Progymnasmata impart the full force of the art of invention (the first canon of classical rhetorical theory). This workshop offers a possible explanation by demonstrating how his curriculum trains the minds of our students to generate ideas […]