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