I Don’t Think So: Writing Effective Counterarguments

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When it comes to writing effective arguments, writers must do more than simply make a claim, counterarguments must be considered. Aspiring writers analyze counterarguments in editorials, and then learn how to write counterarguments in editorials of their own.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Find editorials related to a theme or issue recently discussed in class
  • Submit editorials to a local newspaper, either online or in print
Classroom Considerations

  • If Internet access is not available, print copies of articles to use with the lesson
  • Final drafts of editorials may be completed as homework
Pros

  • Includes an engaging introductory role-play activity to get learners involved
  • Incorporates articles that connect with real-world issues
Cons

  • Suggests entering a writing competition that no longer accepts contributions