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

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

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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.

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Q3.True or false:

All sentences need a subject and and an adjective.

A colon separates two subordinate clauses.

A complete sentence contains a subject, object and predicate.

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Q4.In writing to show viewpoint, what is the purpose of an introduction?

create a springboard to link into the next paragraph

give an overview of your line of argument

could “drop” your reader into a scenario

establish your relationship with the reader (tone)

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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)

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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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.

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Q3.True or false:

All sentences need a subject and and an adjective.

A colon separates two subordinate clauses.

A complete sentence contains a subject, object and predicate.

3/5

Q4.In writing to show viewpoint, what is the purpose of an introduction?

create a springboard to link into the next paragraph

give an overview of your line of argument

could “drop” your reader into a scenario

establish your relationship with the reader (tone)

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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

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Q1.What is a counterargument?

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Q2.Link the rhetorical appeals to their purpose

ethos (the appeal ethics)

logos (the appeal to logic)

pathos (the appeal to emotions)

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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

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Q4.Match the key word to the definition.

how the attitude of a writer comes across through their language choices

the writer speaking directly to (or at) the reader through words such as “you”

a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.

using visually descriptive or figurative language such as simile, metaphor or personification

certain word choices are made to evoke an emotional response.

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Q5.What should you do to respond to a counterargument?

restate your viewpoint

call your opponent's idea stupid

use rhetoric to convince the reader

offer evidence that the counterargument is weak

subtly suggest the counterargument is wrong

acknowledge the counterargument

write "THIS IDEA IS WRONG" in capital letters.

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Counterarguments: Quiz

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Q1.What is a counterargument?

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Q2.Link the rhetorical appeals to their purpose

ethos (the appeal ethics)

logos (the appeal to logic)

pathos (the appeal to emotions)

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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

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Q4.Match the key word to the definition.

how the attitude of a writer comes across through their language choices

the writer speaking directly to (or at) the reader through words such as “you”

a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.

using visually descriptive or figurative language such as simile, metaphor or personification

certain word choices are made to evoke an emotional response.

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Q5.What should you do to respond to a counterargument?

restate your viewpoint

call your opponent's idea stupid

use rhetoric to convince the reader

offer evidence that the counterargument is weak

subtly suggest the counterargument is wrong

acknowledge the counterargument

write "THIS IDEA IS WRONG" in capital letters.

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Lesson summary: Rhetoric and clarity of expression: counter arguments

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