Agenda1. Review 1. Describing the problem 2. The solution: the thesis 3. Outlining the plan2. Planning for objections: the counterargument3. Evaluating Alternative Solutions4. Research? 1. Investigate 2. Interview 3. Read
Anticipate Objections.Write a few sentences responding to the following objections youthink are most likely: We can’t afford it. It would take too long. People would not do it. Too few would benefit. You would benefit personally. We already tried that, with unsatisfactory results.
Consider Alternative SolutionsThis requires thinking! Remember, ultimately, you are going to show why yoursolution is better than these alternatives!
Considering Alternative SolutionsList two or three alternative solutions that others have proposedor tried. You may have discovered these alternatives duringinterviews or in your library research. You do not have to list everysolution that has been mentioned, but you should include themost popular or serious alternatives. If you include only obviouslyweak solutions in your argument, your credibility will be harmedand you could be accused of committing the straw manfallacy, which involves directing your counterargument against analternative that nobody takes seriously anyway.
Developing your evaluation ofalternative solutions Write a paragraph for each alternative solution you think you should includein your argument. Describe the alternative solution fairly, quoting supporters ifpossible. Then work out the reasons you believe the alternative solution would not be feasible, would not solve the problem, would not be approved, would be hard to implement, or would be too costly, disruptive, or time-consuming to put into effect.
Plan Follow-Up Research. Add notes about the kinds of information you think would help make your counterargument convincing for your readers and where you think you can find this information.
Homework Write: Post #43: post your writing in response to slides four, seven, and eight. Be thorough. This will be part of your final essay Bring all of your posts for essay #4 or your computer. Your phone will not do for the purposes of the work we will do in class