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Writing Counter Arguments

Counter arguments in persuasive writing

David Keck

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Writing Counter Arguments

The Counter Argument
Beat Them to the Punch Take on the biggest argument against you and explain it away!

Say it straight: How Do You Write a Counter-Argument Teens and young adults across the country like to wear hooded sweatshirts. They are very popular with kids of all races and social classes. A person in a sweatshirt is not indecent, or advertizing anything. It's a small freedom. Unfortunately, some people use their hoods to hide their faces, and this can make the hooded sweatshirt dangerous. In December 2012, for example, a man was shot to death in broad daylight. The assassin's only disguise was a normal hooded sweatshirt, and it was enough for him to commit murder on a crowded street in front of security cameras. People with nothing to hide, show their faces. Next, we'll check out a counter argument from an essay arguing that students should not wear hoodies in school. If you don't even mention the big arguments against you, we will think you don't know what you are talking about. Explain it away: For Example Don't pretend your opponent doesn't have a case.

Win by attacking your opponent's best argument head on! Tell us your opponent's argument. Be fair. Be complete. Be clear. If we catch you cheating, we'll think your case is weak. Hit us with strong reasons why your opponent's argument is not convincing.
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