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Looking Ahead: Rubuttal. Rebut a definition Rebut a proposal Rebut a cause / consequence Rebut an evaluation . What 4 Things Should a Rebuttal Do? Summarize Find Common Ground (concede points) Expose bad reasoning (analogy) Advance a counterargument. Real life rebuttal forms:

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looking ahead rubuttal
Looking Ahead: Rubuttal
  • Rebut a definition
  • Rebut a proposal
  • Rebut a cause / consequence
  • Rebut an evaluation

What 4 Things Should a Rebuttal Do?

  • Summarize
  • Find Common Ground (concede points)
  • Expose bad reasoning (analogy)
  • Advance a counterargument

Real life rebuttal forms:

Letters to the editor

Personal letters

Essays to the public




Rebuttal: Finding Your Topic

  • Respond to an author in Being Human AND / OR use that author as a supportive source for your rebuttal. Whitman’s Poem: “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” could be used as evidence to support an idea, or you could argue against him. What would it look like to write a letter to God?
  • Write a “Defense” of your career or major (just like in paper #1) to the person or group who doesn’t understand your career or major (or they might have misconceptions).
  • Write a letter to one of your sources from the Professional Literature Review to rebut his or her argument.
  • Write a rebuttal to people who hold an opinion regarding any issue that has come up in class discussion.
the power of analogy

The Power of Analogy

Creating “Truth” to persuade an audience

the power of analogy1

The Power of Analogy

Creating “Truth” to persuade an audience

Analogies can persuade like Michael Phelps can win.

bad analogy contest winners
Bad analogy contest winners.
  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. (Unknown)
bad analogy contest winners1
Bad analogy contest winners.
  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. (Unknown)
  • The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.(Gary F. Hevel, Silver Spring)
bad analogy contest winners2
Bad analogy contest winners.
  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and “Jeopardy” comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.(Roy Ashley, Washington)
maybe some good ones
Maybe some good ones
  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.(Russell Beland, Springfield)
  • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.(Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)
a winner
A winner
  • We was over on aisle 13 in the sav-a-dime, and when she heard they was givin’ out free samples of cheesecake, she disappeared faster than a bag of cheetos in a weight-watchers convention. Rob H.

I don't think there's anything certainly more unseemly than the sight of a rock star in academic robes. It's a bit like when people put their King Charles spaniels in little tartan sweats and hats. It's not natural, and it doesn't make the dog any smarter." -- Bono, 2004 Commencement Address at The University of Pennsylvania


"Remember this, ladies and gentlemen. It's an old phrase, basically anonymous. Politicians are a lot like diapers: You should change them frequently and for the same reason. Keep that in mind next time you vote. Good night.


"I want to say 'thank you' to all the fans that voted for me and Owen [Wilson] for Wedding Crashers. And I feel a little guilty about winning the award 'cause it's not that hard of a thing to do. When you work with someone like Owen Wilson, I kind of feel like a jockey on the back of a great horse like Secretariat. My job is just to hold on."


"Don't worry about the future; or worry -- but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum." -- Baz Luhrmann, Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)


"Dumb gorgeous people should not be allowed to use literature when competing in the pick-up pool. It's like bald people wearing hats."

-- delivered by Matt McGrath (from the movie Broken Hearts Club)


"Withdrawal of U.S. troops will become like salted peanuts to the American public; the more U.S. troops come home, the more will be demanded."

-- Henry Kissinger, Memo to President Richard Nixon, 10 September 1969.


Ogres are Onions

Hatians are guests who didn’t RSVP.


Body glitter is like mono.

Naming a child is like trying to fit in at a party.

Ryan Seacrest is like celery.

Analogies are like monsters.

Starbucks is like a crazy ex-girlfriend that you still visit.

Wikipedia is like hearing a great story in a bar.


Smoking cigarettes for the rest of your life is like running with the bulls; eventually it will catch up to you and kill you.


Saying citizen journalism can provide a foundation for news is like saying a neighborhood watch program can do the job of a professionally trained police force. Yeah, the people of the community can help out and provide positive contributions, but the professionally trained policy and journalists provide the effective base.


Arguing over athletic achievement of different eras is like Seinfeld. It may entertain you, make you think, or even enhance your livelihood. But really, what’s it about?


Web Courses are like breast implants because they are both enhancements of the real thing.

(I don’t have an appropriate picture for this…)


Intelligent Design is simply not science, so to suggest that it be taught in science classes is like saying the Story Theory should be taught in sex ed classes.


Judging those involved in THON without actually trying to understand the mission of the organization and trying it for yourself is like saying that the Grand Canyon isn’t beautiful if you’ve never been there. Something that you may feel is overrated, may actually help to give you a different perspective and actually take your breath away.


Care-giving without compassion is like marriage without love. It may fulfill some basic needs but creates no additional happiness to the two involved.


The failing economy has put enough pressure on this issue to solidify it into a diamond-hard point, which pricks at the thoughts and conversations of enthusiasts across the country.


Saying race dialogue is no longer important is like saying the wound is healed once a band aid is placed on it. Special care must be given to that wound in order to let it heal properly and function as it once did. Ignoring the wound, like the topic of race, only allows it to grow or heal improperly.


In this war, edges blur like the vision of a mirage blurs in the smoldering heat of the Iraqi desert. “Terror” takes no tangible shape in the form of an enemy.