E04: Critical Reading PTSD- Belldere

1.   “But she’s got a warrior’s skills: hyperawareness, hypervigilance, adrenaline-sharp quick-scanning for danger, for triggers. Super stimuli-sensitive.” This sentence is stating that the girl has all these skills, but there is no proof that she is like this at this point in the article.

2. “And as slippery as all that is, even less understood is the collateral damage, to families, to schools, to society—emotional and fiscal costs borne long after the war is over.” This claim talks about the aftermath of war and PTSD. No one understands truly.

3. “Hypervigilance sounds innocuous, but it is in fact exhaustingly distressing, a conditioned response to life-threatening situations.” Wasn’t sure if this was a claim because it said in fact but i put it anyway.

4. “Even when everyone’s in the family room watching TV, it’s only connected to Netflix and not to cable, since news is often a trigger.” News can trigger PTSD.

5. It’s kind of hard to understand Caleb’s injuries. Here they are stating how hard it is to understand Caleb’s injuries. It is a claim.

6. Whatever is happening to Caleb, it’s as old as war itself. However long Caleb was in war for is how long his PTSD could of been going on.

7. “She is not, according to Brannan, “a normal, carefree six-year-old.” I feel this is a statement so it’s a claim

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2 Responses to E04: Critical Reading PTSD- Belldere

  1. belldere says:

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  2. davidbdale says:

    1. Yes, the sentence claims the girl has these skills. (It also claims that they ARE skills, which the poor girl might dispute if she feels oppressed by them.) The author has no obligation to PROVE that the claim is true, now or ever. Neither are you obligated to believe her.
    2. Actually, its subject matter is the associated or related effects of PTSD, beyond their effect on the veteran.
    3. It is a claim, of course, and a very important one. (I alluded to this possibility in my response to 1.)
    4. What sort of claim is that?
    5. Is this your analysis of the claim? That it’s a claim?
    6. Yes, it’s a claim. In fact, it’s a couple of claims, including a speculation.
    7. It certainly requires the judgment of the speaker who must compare the girl to the category: “normal, carefree six-year-olds.” It’s a categorical claim.


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