Reasons and Evidence Worksheet


 

Author's Name:

Reader's Name:
 
Instructions:

Read the essay without writing anything. Fill in the boxes on the attached page. Then answer these questions about the essay. Please do not write on the essay itself.
 
 
Reasons
 
1. Fill in the following for each reason:
 
(Claim)_________________________________________________ must be true because (Reason 1_______________________________________________________________.
 
(Claim)_________________________________________________ must be true because (Reason 2) ______________________________________________________________.
 
(Claim)_________________________________________________ must be true because (Reason 3)______________________________________________________________.
 
(Claim)_________________________________________________ must be true because (Reason 4) ____ _________________________________________________________.
 
Do these statements make sense? (That is, do the reasons support the claim?) _______ If any don't make sense, explain why. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
 

2. Does each paragraph cover only one reason? _____ If not, which paragraphs include more than one reason?
_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
 

3. Are all of the reasons different from one another? _____ If not, which ones seem the same?
_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
 

4. Devise one additional reason to support the claim.
_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________


Evidence
 
1. Which reason did you find most convincing (i.e., which had the strongest evidence)?
_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

2. Which reason did you find least convincing (i.e., which had the weakest evidence)?
_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
 

3. Is there any evidence you don't accept as a fact? ______. If so, please identify it (by brief description, page, and paragraph #).
_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
 
4. List three separate sources that the writer relied upon for evidence:

a. ___________________________
b. ___________________________
c. ___________________________
 
5. Come up with one additional piece of evidence (explain which reason it supports).
______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________