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What is an argument?. An argument is a reasoned, logical way of demonstrating that the writer’s position, belief, or conclusion is valid (well-founded). In a literature class, a student makes claims about the meaning of a literary work, defending his or her’s interpretation with evidence.

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what is an argument

What is an argument?

An argument is a reasoned, logical way of demonstrating that the writer’s position, belief, or conclusion is valid (well-founded).

In a literature class, a student makes claims about the meaning of a literary work, defending his or her’s interpretation with evidence

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Arguments seek to make people believe that something is true or to persuade people to change their beliefs or behavior.

key terms for argumentation
KEY TERMS FOR ARGUMENTATION

Claim – Your basic belief about a particular topic, issue, event or idea

Counterclaim – A solid and reasonable argument that opposes or disagrees with your claim

Rebuttal – A written or verbal response to a counterclaim. The object of the rebuttal is to take into account the ideas presented in the counterclaim and explain why they aren’t persuasive enough, or important enough to outweigh your own claim.

cont key terms
Cont. key terms

Support – Your specific facts or specific evidence used to support why your claim is true

Refute – Argue against a position or prove it to be wrong

Qualify – A “partly-agree” stance in which you agree (in part) with another person’s argument or position but also disagree with part of it.

ok what is ms hill talking about
OK, What is Ms. Hill talking about?

let’s pretend.

Make a claim regarding the dumbest video on Youtube you have seen OR the worst television show

Follow the key terms

REMEMBER, without solid evidence, an argument lacks merit.