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Counterargument & Rebuttal

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Brooke Grey

on 7 October 2013

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Transcript of Counterargument & Rebuttal

The counterargument and rebuttal
He "thought ahead" of his opponent--
He KNEW the Colonel would say "Yes" when asked if Marines were honorable and would follow orders
Cruise argues that if the other Marines were ordered to leave Santiago alone and always follow orders, then Santiago would have been in no danger
Therefore, they must have been under some one's orders--
Counterarguments & Rebuttals
THAT is counterargument and rebuttal!
A counterargument is an argument opposed to your thesis, or part of your thesis. It expresses the view of a person who disagrees with your position.
Counterargument and Rebuttal in action
While watching this clip from "A Few Good Men", try to identify what Tom Cruise's counterargument and rebuttal are.
Quick Write
Pretend that you want to ask your parents permission to do something he/she normally wouldn't let you...
Go to a party, money to shop, go on a date, etc.
WHY would they most likely say no? Think of 1-2 reasons they would give for saying no to your request
If they tell you, "No, because...", how would you respond to their "because"?
What would you say to convince them that their arguments weren't that strong?
Why would I go against my thesis? Won't that weaken my argument?
Actually, no. Done well, it makes the argument stronger. This is because it gives you the chance to respond to your readers objections before they have even said them.
It also shows that you are a reasonable person who has considered both sides of the debate.
A rebuttal is a statement designed to refute or negate specific arguments put forward by opponents.
Practice: Silent Discussion
Prompt 1: What responsibility do we have as observers and storytellers? In this technological age of Twitter and camera phones, how much should we be recording and reporting?
How do I use Counterargument?
Many people [believe/argue/feel/think/suppose/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here]
It is often [thought/imagined/supposed/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here]
[It would be easy to/One could easily] [think/believe/imagine/suppose/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here]
It might [seem/appear/look/etc.] as if [state the counter-argument here]
How do I use Rebuttal?
What this argument [overlooks/fails to consider/does not take into account] is ...
This view [seems/looks/sounds/etc.] [convincing/plausible/persuasive/etc.] at first, but…
While this position is popular, it is [not supported by the facts/not logical/impractical/etc.]
Although the core of this claim is valid, it suffers from a flaw in its [reasoning/application/etc.]

Prompt 2: Should the legal drinking age of 21 be lowered? Raised? Kept the same?
Prompt 3: Should the death penalty be legal?
Paired Writing Activity
In the introduction to “Into Thin Air”, Jon Krakauer apologizes for any inaccuracies or discrepancies in his narrative account of the events that took place during that climb of Everest. However as a journalist, Krakauer explains that he feels he is required to tell the story as he observed it, even if it means hurting people who are involved. Is this a responsible approach? Is Krakauer fair to his subjects?
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