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Counterclaim vs. Counter-argument

How do writers anticipate and address counterclaims?
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Alison McClain

on 2 February 2015

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Transcript of Counterclaim vs. Counter-argument

Argumentation
Claim
Counter-
Claim

the
writer's position on a topic
that is backed up by reasons and evidence.
the
argument against
the
writer's position
, the
opposite
("counter")
viewpoint

Let's Practice Writing a Claim
A
good argument

acknowledges
or even
argues against
the opposite side, the
counter-claim
. This is called
including a counterargument
-- you argue against the other side.
In an argument, there are
three ways
you can
include
a
counter-argument
:
SAY:
here are some points the other side has to make and here's why I'm right (
counterclaim --> your argument --> your counter-argument
)
Can be a
persuasive technique

makes
you look
like you're
well thought-out
because you've thought about both sides of the argument

your audience might have
doubts
about what you have to say, and it helps
get rid
of those by
tearing down the other side
What a Counter-Claim is NOT
What Counter-Claim IS
Overview of the debate
Claim v. Counter-Claim
Re-watch and identify
Claim and Counter-Claim
Take a side in the War on Drugs debate. Write a Claim about the side you choose.
Write three reasons to support your position.
Discuss with a partner about the reasons you could use to back up your position.
Let's Practice Writing a Counter-Claim
Pretend you're a person on the opposite side of the argument.
Write an argument statement for the Counter-Claim, the opposite side of the argument from yours.
Discuss with a partner the possible reasons you could come up with to back up the Counter-Claim.
Write three reasons to support the Counter-Claim.
Great Writers'
Ultimate Goal
:
Incorporating
the
Counter-Argument
into your
own argument
Watch again and identify the Claim and Counter-Argument
SAY:
here are all the points I have to make and here are a few points the other side could make, but they're wrong (
your argument --> the counterclaim --> the counter-argument
)
SAY:
here are some points the other side has to make and here's why they're wrong (
counterclaim --> your counter-argument
)
Objective:
Today, I will be able to...
identify
counterclaims
identify
counter-arguments
explain how writers
anticipate
and
address counterclaims
take effective notes using a
key-word note-taking strategy
Key-word
Note-taking
Strategy
Rather than a
fill-in-the-blank
set up, today
you will take notes using the
bold words
Why?
This is a technique you will need in high school and college.
They won't give you fill in the blank guided notes anymore!
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