Rhetoric and clarity of expression: counter arguments

This lesson, we will work on improving our rhetorical skills and our clarity of expression, with a particular emphasis on building an effective counterargument. You will need a pen and paper.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.You should usually have a main clause before a colon (even when introducing a list).

1/5

Q2.Which of the statements below is true?
You always need a capital letter after a semicolon.
You need a capital letter after a semicolon if it is the start of a new clause.
You need a capital letter after a semicolon if the first word is a proper noun.
You should never use a capital letter after a semicolon.

2/5

Q3.True or false:
A colon separates two subordinate clauses.
A complete sentence contains a subject, object and predicate.
All sentences need a subject and and an adjective.

3/5

Q4.In writing to show viewpoint, what is the purpose of an introduction?
establish your relationship with the reader (tone)
could “drop” your reader into a scenario
create a springboard to link into the next paragraph
give an overview of your line of argument

4/5

Q5.Match the three rhetorical appeals to their definition.
appeal to ethics (convince the audience of your character)
appeal to logic (use facts and reason)
appeal to emotions (target the thoughts and feelings of the audience)

5/5

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.You should usually have a main clause before a colon (even when introducing a list).

1/5

Q2.Which of the statements below is true?
You always need a capital letter after a semicolon.
You need a capital letter after a semicolon if it is the start of a new clause.
You need a capital letter after a semicolon if the first word is a proper noun.
You should never use a capital letter after a semicolon.

2/5

Q3.True or false:
A colon separates two subordinate clauses.
A complete sentence contains a subject, object and predicate.
All sentences need a subject and and an adjective.

3/5

Q4.In writing to show viewpoint, what is the purpose of an introduction?
establish your relationship with the reader (tone)
could “drop” your reader into a scenario
create a springboard to link into the next paragraph
give an overview of your line of argument

4/5

Q5.Match the three rhetorical appeals to their definition.
appeal to ethics (convince the audience of your character)
appeal to logic (use facts and reason)
appeal to emotions (target the thoughts and feelings of the audience)

5/5

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Counterarguments: Quiz

Thank you for your focus today. Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.What is a counterargument?

1/5

Q2.Link the rhetorical appeals to their purpose
ethos (the appeal ethics)
logos (the appeal to logic)
pathos (the appeal to emotions)

2/5

Q3.Why might you consider the counterargument when writing persuasively?
demonstrate the writer’s credibility and judgement
show awareness of evidence
avoid ignorant sweeping statements to make the argument seem more reasonable
allows you to reject or refute opposing views, challenging what your reader might be thinking
to confuse your reader
to help you decide what you think

3/5

Q4.Match the key word to the definition.
the writer speaking directly to (or at) the reader through words such as “you”
certain word choices are made to evoke an emotional response.
using visually descriptive or figurative language such as simile, metaphor or personification
how the attitude of a writer comes across through their language choices
a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.

4/5

Q5.What should you do to respond to a counterargument?
use rhetoric to convince the reader
call your opponent's idea stupid
write "THIS IDEA IS WRONG" in capital letters.
subtly suggest the counterargument is wrong
restate your viewpoint
offer evidence that the counterargument is weak
acknowledge the counterargument

5/5

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Counterarguments: Quiz

Thank you for your focus today. Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.What is a counterargument?

1/5

Q2.Link the rhetorical appeals to their purpose
ethos (the appeal ethics)
logos (the appeal to logic)
pathos (the appeal to emotions)

2/5

Q3.Why might you consider the counterargument when writing persuasively?
demonstrate the writer’s credibility and judgement
show awareness of evidence
avoid ignorant sweeping statements to make the argument seem more reasonable
allows you to reject or refute opposing views, challenging what your reader might be thinking
to confuse your reader
to help you decide what you think

3/5

Q4.Match the key word to the definition.
the writer speaking directly to (or at) the reader through words such as “you”
certain word choices are made to evoke an emotional response.
using visually descriptive or figurative language such as simile, metaphor or personification
how the attitude of a writer comes across through their language choices
a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.

4/5

Q5.What should you do to respond to a counterargument?
use rhetoric to convince the reader
call your opponent's idea stupid
write "THIS IDEA IS WRONG" in capital letters.
subtly suggest the counterargument is wrong
restate your viewpoint
offer evidence that the counterargument is weak
acknowledge the counterargument

5/5

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