The Argumentative Essay Introducing the Counter Argument and Rebuttal What is an Argumentative Essay?



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The Argumentative Essay

  • Introducing the Counter Argument and Rebuttal

What is an Argumentative Essay?

  • The purpose of an argumentative essay is to persuade the reader to accept—or seriously consider--your opinion on a controversial issue
  • Has three parts: Claim, Counter Claim, Rebuttal
  • (plus Introduction and Conclusion)

Consider your Audience

  • Whom are you trying to reach?
  • What do they already know about your topic?
  • What is your relationship with your audience and how does it impact your word choice and tone?

CLAIM

COUNTER CLAIM

REBUTTAL

The Opposing Side

  • Ask these questions:
  • 1. Who might disagree with my position? Why?
  • 2. What reasons do people have for disagreeing with me?
  • 3. What evidence would support an opposing argument?

Counter Claim

  • Key phrases to use:
  • One might object that...
  • It might seem that...
  • It's true that...
  • Admittedly...
  • Of course...

REBUTTAL

REBUTTAL

  • Key Phrases to use:
  • but
  • yet
  • however
  • nonetheless
  • still

EXAMPLE

  • CLAIM: “More Americans are choosing low-carb diets because the media promotes low-carb diets as the new way to a skinnier body.”
  • COUNTER CLAIM: “Some Americans don't watch television commercials because they own a DVR or Tivo, but most Americans are exposed to other forms of advertisement in magazines, newspapers, and highway billboards.

Where to put it?

  • Introduction
  • Claim 1
  • Claim 2
  • Counter Claim
  • Rebuttal
  • Conclusion
  • Each of these will be one paragraph!

Be Cautious!

Practice:

  • Provide a Claim and Counter Argument for the following topics:
  • 1. To Die or Suffer: The Necessity of Physician-assisted Suicide
  • 2. Are Herbal medicines beneficial to our health?


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