Claims, Counterclaims, and Rebuttals!

Claims, Counterclaims, and Rebuttals!

Claims, Counterclaims, & Rebuttals! Think about a recent argument you were in. What was the point you were trying to make? Whats a claim? A claim is an arguable statement the claim shares your opinion and can be argued one way or another.

For example: Students should be allowed to chew gum at school. There are two sides to this issue and I could argue that chewing gum at school is a good or bad idea! There are two types of claims 1 There is one main claim for your whole essay,

in the introductory paragraph (also called a thesis) EX: Students should be allowed to chew gum 2 Secondary claims (your reasons for the main claim) are woven into your body paragraphs. For example: Gum can help you focus If students could chew gum theyd be less stressed Gum can improve your mood and lead to

students being nicer to each other. What is a counterclaim? This is what your audience may say to disagree with you. You need to address your audiences concerns so you can refute them! To do this well you MUST know your audience!!! For Example: My teacher may say: Gum may cause a distraction if you chew it loudly My principal may say: Gum causes messes that take too much of our custodians time and makes our school look bad.

How do I respond to the counterclaim? With a rebuttal! The rebuttal is the comeback How will you shoot down their disagreement and bring them back to your side to see your vision and why you are correct. For example: If students werent afraid of being caught, they wouldnt feel the need to stick gum to desks to hide it from their teachers.

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