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Arguing With Evidence. Learning from the Most Famous Failed Argument in American History. The Most Successful Convincer Ever The Pied Piper of Hamlin. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOHd-lufJRs. Why was the Piper so successful?. He knew his audience He made a specific, clear claim

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Arguing With Evidence

Learning from the Most Famous Failed Argument in American History


The Most Successful Convincer EverThe Pied Piper of Hamlin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOHd-lufJRs


Why was the Piper so successful?

  • He knew his audience

  • He made a specific, clear claim

  • He used evidence to support his claim

  • He stayed on track

  • He used a combination of appeals

  • He reinforced his position


Definition of a Piper

  • a charismatic person who attracts followers

  • offers strong enticement

  • a leader


Never Heard of a Piper Before?


Actually, the idea of a Piper as a leader has been around for a long time.


Popular Culture References

Example 1: Listen at the 3 minute mark and the 5 minute mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHFxncb1gRY

Example 2: Listen to the first minute or so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS-7EPDR-PY


But what does this have to do with writing essays?


When you write, you must still act like a Piper

Prepare the Reader

Introduce the Claim

Provide the Evidence

Explain & Connect the Evidence

Reinforce the Claim


If you do not act like a Pied Piper when you argue, your reader will not follow you anywhere.


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