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  1. Argument Writing Moving from persuasive to argumentative essays

  2. General Rule, or Warrant Language & Application, part three

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. Why warrants? • General Rules are also called warrants. • Warrants are needed to explain how evidence supports the claim.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.