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Taking a Stand

Knowing Both Sides of an Issue (adapted from Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This)
by

Duane Watson

on 12 October 2012

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Transcript of Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand Using the Four-Square
Argument Chart Step 1: Set up
your paper Your argument Your Points Your parents' or friends' rebuttal Your rebuttal Your Parents or Friends Points The final product How your paper will look Write out your argument topic in a complete sentence. Make a list of the points you would make in support of your argument. Make a list of the points your parents or friends would make. What would your parent's or friends say in response to your points? What would you say in response to your parents' or friends' points? You now have an outline you can use to start writing a persuasive essay that addresses both sides of the argument What is your argument about? (This should be in a complete sentence.) What are the main points for your argument? What are the main arguments of your parents or friends? What are the counterarguments you will hear from your parents or friends? What are the counterarguments you would present to your parents or friends? My friends want to watch Twilight, but I would like to watch The Lord of the Rings. What are the main points for your argument? What are the main arguments of your parents or friends? What are the counterarguments you will hear from your parents or friends? What are the counterarguments you would present to your parents or friends? Epic story of good versus evil
Swordfights
Gandalf versus the Balrog
Boromir totally steps up and dies like a hero
Legolas shield surfing
Eagles
Eowyn takes out the Witch King
Liv Tyler Good plot with a love triangle
Romance
Vampire action
Suspenseful
Edward sparkles
Bella turns into a vampire
Six packs Boring
Too long
"old" (both in age and in setting)
too violent
Don't like hobbits
not as popular with "kids"
confusing; too much going on Vampires shouldn't sparkle; they should fry in sunlight
Chick flick
Edward's six pack is fake
Bella = boring
Too much "I'm sad" T_T
Kristin Stewart uses the same expressions
Creepy vampire baby / werewolf connection Points to remember:

Your rebuttal points should respond to the points made by the other side.
You may need to expand on particular points with more details when you write.
It's not enough to just say something is "boring;" you'd need to explain WHY it is boring.
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