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Review the following information on counter arguments (we learned about them with Essay 2, but it is nice to review)

A counter-argument is an argument opposed to your thesis, or part of your thesis. It expresses the view of a person who disagrees with your position. It gives you the chance to respond to your reader’s objections before they have finished reading. It also shows that you are a reasonable person who has considered both sides of the debate. Both of these make an essay more persuasive.

Make sure you express the counter-argument fairly and objectively. Ask yourself if the person who actually holds this position would accept your way of stating it. Put yourself in their shoes and give them the benefit of the doubt. Don’t use biased language or stack the deck when presenting their position. Readers see through that sort of thing pretty quickly.

For more information and a sample counter paragraph, please review this source: How to Write a Counter Argument. (Links to an external site.)

Also, consider watching the videos below”

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Step 2: Consider a Counter

Now that you have done some research about your topics, you may have encountered different viewpoints within the sources you found.

Therefore, this might be a good time to consider a possible counter argument for this paper.

To complete this assignment, please answer the following questions.

  1. What is your working argument (thesis)? (Working meaning that it is still something you might revise)
  2. What is a possible counter argument that you could incorporate in your paper? How might you refute this counter argument?

Note: This is meant to be a low stake, casual journal. There is no minimum word count, and you are not obligated to stick to the counter argument you consider here in your final draft of the paper. It is just meant to give you a quick chance to think about what might work for the counter argument. So don’t stress! Do your best.

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