Read the following assignment. Then read pages 520–533 in Chapter 19 of your textbook. Be sure to complete the selfcheck to gauge your progress. Although it’s easy to react emotionally when you read an argument you don’t agree with, remember that in analyzing it you’re looking for a valid claim supported by acceptable reasons and evidence. Even if you disagree with the claim, you might recognize that the argument is sound. If the author has strong credentials and is published in a reliable periodical, such as a professional journal or a respected newspaper, the argument also has more credibility. Before you reject an argument, make sure you have sufficient knowledge on the subject to judge it fairly.
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