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Argument Writing. Moving from persuasive to argumentative essays. General Rule, or Warrant. Language & Application, part three. Make a GENERAL RULE. A g eneral rule is a statement about how something generally goes. Advice Can be about cause and effect

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Argument writing

Argument Writing

Moving from persuasive

to argumentative essays


General rule or warrant

General Rule, or Warrant

Language & Application, part three


Make a general rule

Make a GENERAL RULE.

  • A general rule is a statement about how something generally goes.

  • Advice

    • Can be about cause and effect

    • You can use qualifications to increase the truth of the statement (mostly, most, many…)

    • Avoid using a particular person (use: someone, one, somebody…)

  • Language

    • In general,

    • Generally,

    • Usually,

    • If…, then…

    • When (cause)…, (effect)


Make a general rule1

Make a GENERAL RULE.

  • A general rule is a statement about how something generally goes.

  • Advice

    • Can be about cause and effect

    • You can use qualifications to increase the truth of the statement (mostly, most, many…)

    • Avoid using a particular person (use: someone, one, somebody…)

  • Language

    • In general,

    • Generally,

    • Usually,

    • If…, then…

    • When (cause)…, (effect)

Evidence: Arthur was legally drunk.

General Rule: In general, when someone is legally drunk, he or she has a hard time walking smoothly up and down stairs.


Why warrants

Why warrants?

  • General Rules are also called warrants.

  • Warrants are needed to explain how evidence supports the claim.


Approaching a general rule

Approaching a General Rule…

  • His feet were in a position that looked like his was walking up the stairs instead of down. If he was walking down he would’ve fallen face-front not on his back.

  • If he had fallen he wouldn’t have fallen like that.

  • Queenie does not mention anything about food cooking in her story.

  • Ten minutes give you enough time to kill somebody and to clean up the mess.

  • If Arthur would have tripped, there would be blood or a wound on Arthur.


Approaching a general rule1

Approaching a General Rule…

  • His feet were in a position that looked like his was walking up the stairs instead of down. If he was walking down he would’ve fallen face-front not on his back.

  • If he had fallen he wouldn’t have fallen like that.

  • Queenie does not mention anything about food cooking in her story.

  • Ten minutes give you enough time to kill somebody and to clean up the mess.

  • If Arthur would have tripped, there would be blood or a wound on Arthur.

Pick one to turn into a general rule. Write the number on the index card.


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