Point Analysis of Arguments and Claims

Point Analysis of Arguments and Claims

Argumentation and Debate

Debate response and evaluation form

Watch the entire debate all the way. Take notes of the big ideas that Ken Ham and Bill Nye offer to support their positions.

Part One: 5 Point Analysis of Arguments and Claims

Ken Ham

1. Claim (What do you think?)

What was Ken Ham’s primary claim in this debate? Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples from the debate.

2. Reasons (Why do you think that?)

Explain what kinds of claims Ken Ham used to support his argument. Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples from the debate

3. Evidence (How do you know your reasons are true?)

Describe or otherwise represent the facts about the world that are assumed to be shared with audience members that Ken Ham introduced in the debate. Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples.

4. Warrants (Why do you think your reasons/evidence support your claim?)

What kind of asserted principled connections between a kind of reason/evidence and a kind of claim did Ken Ham use to support his argument? Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples.

5. Acknowledgment & Response (But what about this alternative view? this objection? contrary evidence?)

Did Ken Ham adequately acknowledge and respond to the counter-arguments made by Bill Nye?

5 Point Evaluation of an Argument – Bill Nye

1. Claim (What do you think?)

What was Bill Nye’s primary claim in this debate? Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples from the debate.

2. Reasons (Why do you think that?)

Explain what kinds of claims Bill Nye used to support his argument. Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples from the debate

3. Evidence (How do you know your reasons are true?)

Describe or otherwise represent the facts about the world that are assumed to be shared with audience members that Bill Nye introduced in the debate. Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples.

4. Warrants (Why do you think your reasons/evidence support your claim?)

What kind of asserted principled connections between a kind of reason/evidence and a kind of claim did Bill Nye use to support his argument? Describe this in as much detail as possible and provide specific examples.

5. Acknowledgment & Response (But what about this alternative view? this objection? contrary evidence?)

Did Bill Nye adequately acknowledge and respond to the counter-arguments made by Ken Ham?

Part Two: Evaluation of Oral Communication

Think about the speaking and presentation styles of the debaters. What were the strengths that each debater exhibited and what were the weaknesses?

Was the overall debate effective in giving you things to think about? Give specific instances and examples that you found to be persuasive.

To what degree did Ken Ham’s personal religious faith strengthen, weaken or confuse his arguments?

To what degree did Bill Nye’s inclusion of the Red Queen Hypothesis strengthen, weaken or confuse his arguments?

Bill and Ken in the School of Athens: this is a big idea academic debate in which academic viewpoints are presented to an audience so as to educate the audience in their own understanding. With the School of Athens in mind and the two avenues of determining truth, do you think that Ken Ham and Bill Nye were effective in their presentations to the audience about what is true and not true? Are debates such as these effective and useful for the audience?

 
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