Outline your thought process clearly and concisely with argument diagrams, bubble maps, compare and contrast charts, and more from FigJam.
Bring the whole debate team on board with a collaborative argument template to draft important arguments that can draw multiple conclusions.
Bid farewell to missed opportunities and tangled-up tangents. With an argument map, you and your group can structure your argument for maximum clarity by drawing logical relationships and teaching critical thinking around argument structure through complicated arguments.
Tackle topics in teams: Craft your argument with multiple members or students to incorporate other points of view.
Segment your subjects: Separate topics into bite-sized sections to more clearly visualize, then structure each part of your argument.
Look at the logic: Leverage visual aids to level up your argument and make it airtight.
Round out your reasoning when you take your simple argument mapping online. Invite diverse perspectives into a single FigJam whiteboard and start discussing via audio or text, making democratic decisions using Simple Vote or Poll, and using colored markers or out-of-the-box shapes to organize your ideas.
An argument diagram helps you come up with logically sound reasoning—and fast. Make your process even more productive with additional templates from our community.
An argument map is a box-and-line flowchart that helps you develop any argument. These maps start with a singular thesis, then branch off to include all supporting points and possible objections.
So, what is the purpose of argument mapping? Ultimately, these diagrams act as blueprints for a successful debate. Argument maps help their creators flesh out an argument ahead of head-to-head discourse, then work as a map to guide them during the conversation.
Argument maps have two components that branch off from the main argument:
- Containers – Whether you prefer boxes, ovals, or hexagons, these containers hold the main idea, your arguments, or evidence for a specific point. Each container is linked to a related assumption or objection.
- Connectors – These arrows link one part of your argument to the next. Connectors help guide you through the line of reasoning you’ve created, taking you from one container to the next in the most convincing, logical order.
The simplest way to make your own argument diagram and perfect this critical thinking skill is to start with an example from FigJam. When you open one of our pre-made templates, you already have an advantage over your opponent—the instructions and structure for your argument are in place.
Once you have your skeleton, it’s time to flesh out your argument visualization. Input your overarching statement into the main box, then work your way through the map, adding sub-points and responses to theoretical rebuttals as you go. To do this effectively, you’ll have to really dive into your opponent’s mindset and see the topic from their perspective. Don’t forget to use connectors with the words “because,” “and,” or “but” to guide your reasoning.