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Target Skills Progress
0.1 Appreciate why CT skills are worth learning
0.2 Understand how to take this course
1.1 Define the word “argument”
1.2 Distinguish arguments from fights
1.3 Distinguish arguments from descriptions
1.4 Listen carefully to arguments you disagree with
1.5: Choose the interpretation of someone’s statement that is most likely to be true
1.6 Practice charity in the world
2.1 Distinguish claims from compound claims, fragments, questions, exclamations etc. ("Identify Claims" for short)
2.2 Determine whether a statement is serving as a premise, objection, or neither with respect to a claim. (Includes defining main claim, premise, objection)
2.3: Identify argument components in a passage
2.4 Test premises for truth or reasonableness/plausibility
3.1 Use inference indicator words to identify components of arguments
3.2 Use indicator words to construct mini-arguments
3.3 Use argument maps to visually represent indicator words
3.4 Place a “Not So” objection accurately in an argument
3.5: Recognize that just because a premise is false, doesn’t mean the main claim is false. (Bad arguments can still have true main claims.)
4.1 Recognize when one claim gives a reason to believe another claim. (As opposed to vice-versa, and as opposed to providing related ideas or background info) (Includes knowing the definition of the Reason Rule)
4.2 Determine which piece(s) of evidence support(s) a claim
4.3 Distinguish arguments from causal explanations.
4.4 Test inferences for strength/weakness
5.1 Recognize and map arguments that have multiple independent premises. (Includes knowing the definition of independent premises)/5.2 Evaluate independent premises by considering each line of support, one at a time.
5.3 Recognize and map chain arguments. (Includes knowing the definition of "sub-premise" and "chain argument", and distinguishing ind. from sub-premises)/5.4 Evaluate a chain argument by working your way up the chain from the bottom
5.5 Map short arguments that include independent and sub-premises
6.1 Recognize and map co-premises.
6.2 Visualize evidence and reasoning as co-premises
6.3 Evaluate co-premises
6.4 Map short arguments that include co-premises.
7.1 Use MindMup to map an argument.
7.2 Use MindMup to evaluate an argument.
7.3 Save and share the map with others.
8.1 Identify mistakes in maps (Top 7 most common mistakes)
8.2 Use MindMup to map arguments that don’t have missing co-premises
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