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Argumentative writing - counter-argument and rebuttal

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Ruei Ern Chea

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Transcript of Argumentative writing - counter-argument and rebuttal

Counter-Argument and Rebuttal Turn it around! The purpose of a
counter-argument To present you as a reasonable writer and thus persuade the reader further
To strengthen your position Your Counter-Argument The Rebuttal Where do the counter-argument and rebuttal go? After your three (or more) supporting paragraphs and before your concluding paragraph.

Outline:
a) Introduction
b) Supporting point #1, #2, #3, etc [there can be any number of supporting points]
c) Counter-argument
d) Rebuttal
e) Conclusion What is a
counter-argument? An argument opposed to your thesis, or part of your thesis
It expresses the view of a person who disagrees with your position. To address positions that many people hold/ are skeptical about but that you think are mistaken
•a problem with your demonstration, e.g. that a different conclusion could be drawn from the same facts, a key assumption is unwarranted, a key term is used unfairly, certain evidence is ignored or played down;

•one or more drawbacks to what you propose;

•an alternative explanation or proposal that makes more sense. To write this section, first resist your argument by pointing out In reasoning about the proposed counter-argument, you may •refute it, showing how it is based on faulty assumptions
•acknowledge its validity or plausibility, but suggest why on balance it's relatively less important or less likely than what you propose, and thus doesn't overturn it;
•restate your thesis in a more exact, qualified, or nuanced way that takes account of the objection Then, state the case against yourself as briefly but as clearly and forcefully as you can, pointing to evidence where possible. Introducing your counter-argument You can use phrases such as: One might object here that...
It might seem that...
It is true that...
Admittedly...
Of course... OR You can use a question that challenges your stand: Your stand Your opponent's stand But how...?
But why...?
But is this not just...?
But if this is so, what about...? Group work......
Paragraph #5: Counter-argument and rebuttal
-Work in your LifElit groups
-If you need to, refer to the sample counter-argument and rebuttal
-Duration: 10 - 15 mins
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