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Pamela Case

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Transcript of Counter-Claim


Position or point of view that is backed up by evidence.
The argument against your position or point of view. It is "counter" to your position.
Let's Practice Writing a Claim
A good argument acknowledges or even argues against the opposite side, the counter-claim. This is called Refutation. You refute, or argue against, the other side.
In an argument, there are
three things you can do after
stating your claim/position:
say: here are some points the other side has to make and here's why I'm right (
counter-argument and then your 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 points to support your position.
Discuss with a partner about the points 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 points you could come up with to back up the Counter-Claim.
Write three points to support the Counter-Claim.
Ultimate Goal: Incorporating the Counter-Argument into your own argument
Watch again and ID Argument 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 and then the counter-argument
say: here are some points the other side has to make and here's why they're wrong (
counter-argument and then your argument
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