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0001 Meaning of Words and Phrases
0002 Main Idea and Supporting Details
0003 Purpose, Point of View, and Intended Meaning
0004 Analyze the Relationship Among Ideas
0005 Critical Reasoning Skills
Assumptions on Validity of an Argument
Relevance of Facts, Examples, or Data
Fact and Opinion
0006 Apply Skills for Outlining, Summarizing, and Interpreting
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0005 Use Critical Reasoning Skills to Evaluate Written Material

Identify the Assumptions Underlying a Writer's Argument

Something is not necessarily true just because it is in print. Critical reasoning is thinking for yourself. To do that you must question the writer’s assumptions and decide for yourself if an effective argument has been made. Writers sometimes state their assumptions, but often they do not, so the reader has to determine them. You must decide for yourself if the strengths of the argument outweigh the weaknesses. Your ability to do this will depend on your ability to use the following five subskills effectively.