Columbus Day? Do Now: What kind of information can you use as historical evidence when you are writing an argument? Leimkuhler Productions
God Gold Why did Christopher Columbus and other early explorers make the voyage to the “New World”? Glory The three G’s!
What is a counterargument? • When you counter-argue, you consider an opposing argument against your thesis or some aspect of your reasoning. • You need to show that you understand the opposite viewpoint of your position and then counter it by providing contrasting evidence or by finding mistakes and inconsistencies in the logic of the opposing argument.
Why include a counterargument? When writing a persuasive letter, it is important to always consider the opposing argument. • Allows you to anticipate doubts and pre-empt objections that a skeptical reader might have • Presents you as the kind of person who weighs alternatives before taking a position • Demonstrates that you confront difficulties instead of sweeping them under the rug • Shows you are more interested in discovering the truth than winning a point.
How to Start a Counterargument Possible ways to start your counter-argument paragraph are: • While one can not argue that… • Even though… • While it is true that… • One cannot argue with… • Granted… • Admittedly… • Some people might argue that….since/because…
Task Complete the graphic organizer to help you plan a persuasive letter about Columbus Day.
Task • Finish the graphic organizer • Make sure you include all the required information.