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Criteria for Toulmin Analysis for Portfolio 1 (Kiefer)

Purpose - A Toulmin analysis is a systematic dissection of an argument to lay out the claim, supporting reasons, and evidence clearly.

Audience - Yourself, but remember that clarity is essential to an effective Toulmin analysis.

Organization - Your analysis will follow the pattern laid out in Aims as captured in the file toulmin.txt. (You must type the one you turn in with Portfolio 1.)

Development - Include enough detail so that you can remember the argument fully.

Coherence - Make sure the connections between the claim and reasons, between reasons and analysis of reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between objections and rebuttal are clear.

Style - You are the primary audience, but I'll be reading these also, so please conform to the conventions of Edited American English (i.e., spelling counts!).