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Counterargument 
When you recognized the OPPOSITE 
side of your argument
Outline of the Body Paragraphs 
• Argument #1 (weakest) 
• Counterargument 
• Argument #2 (strongest) 
Why do you think th...
From Farewell to Manzanar – 
Argument: not worthy of celebrity 
Understandably Jeanne is fighting for a cause, which is wh...
From My Everest Story - Argument: 
Not worthy of celebrity status 
Everybody knows that Mount Everest is 
dangerous. Mark ...
From Promises to Keep – Argument: 
worthy of celebrity 
One could easily think that Jackie was a 
perfect freedom fighting...
From Pele – Argument: worthy of 
celebrity 
Many people believe that Pele is only 
known for playing soccer. I can see tha...
PHRASES TO USE/CONSIDER: 
• Many people [believe/argue/feel/think/etc.] 
that [state the counter-argument here] 
• It is o...
Debates 
• We’ll debate certain potential celebrities around 
the room 
• One person will take the argument for that 
pers...
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Counterargument examples

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Examples for recognizing the counterargument in a persuasive essay

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Counterargument examples

  1. 1. Counterargument When you recognized the OPPOSITE side of your argument
  2. 2. Outline of the Body Paragraphs • Argument #1 (weakest) • Counterargument • Argument #2 (strongest) Why do you think this is the structure of a persuasive essay? • Why do you think we need to recognize the counterargument? • Why do we wait to share our strongest argument to support our claim for last?
  3. 3. From Farewell to Manzanar – Argument: not worthy of celebrity Understandably Jeanne is fighting for a cause, which is what a celebrity is admired for. She fights for her cause through telling her story, sharing her experience about a time that many do not know about. Through telling her story, she probably hopes to show how different the time was from where it is now. Maybe she hopes that the past will not be repeated, and others will not endure what she had to: “My own family, after three years of mess hall living, collapsed as an integrated unit” (Wakatsuki Houston 37). Through her novel, Jeanne tries to make the world a better place, but again, if you don’t know the book or are not researching the time era, she cannot be a celebrity because she is not known. Even she questions the time era in her afterword when she says, “So few people I met in those years (post-camp) had even heard of it, and those who had knew so little about it, sometimes I imagined I had made the whole time up, dreamed it” (186). How can a person who struggles with comprehending a time truly be considered a celebrity worthy of admiration? She cannot.
  4. 4. From My Everest Story - Argument: Not worthy of celebrity status Everybody knows that Mount Everest is dangerous. Mark climbed Mount Everest at 16 but anybody can risk their life that doesn’t mean they are a celebrity. It means they are either stupid or brave probably brave. In the book t says “There is a drop off that could send someone into a frozen panic.”(Mark Pfezer and Jack Galvin) Just think snowboarders put their life on the line and their popular but they are not celebrities. They are just snowboarders. So as you can see just because their life is in danger doesn’t make them a celebrity.
  5. 5. From Promises to Keep – Argument: worthy of celebrity One could easily think that Jackie was a perfect freedom fighting guy. But many don’t know that Jackie was in a street gang. No, they didn’t use drugs, drink alcohol, or start fights. But they did throw clumps of dirt at passing cars, swipe golf balls then sell them back to golfers, and steal fruit from the local grocers. A former gang member/thief should not be looked up to as a role model; however, as a celebrity, he has changed his ways and deserves to be in the spotlight for the positive changes he made in the world.
  6. 6. From Pele – Argument: worthy of celebrity Many people believe that Pele is only known for playing soccer. I can see that because he used a lot of his life playing soccer. Well that’s all you might think about him; however, he did other things. He travelled the world. He met people that hardly anyone could meet. The most important thing is that he had a family. Pele was not just a celebrity playing soccer, but should be recognized for his wonderful life.
  7. 7. PHRASES TO USE/CONSIDER: • Many people [believe/argue/feel/think/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here] • It is often [thought/imagined/supposed/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here] • [It would be easy to/One could easily] [think/believe/imagine/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here] • It might [seem/appear/look/etc.] as if [state the counter-argument here] TRANSITIONS: but, however, on the other hand, on the contrary, rather, yet, still, nevertheless
  8. 8. Debates • We’ll debate certain potential celebrities around the room • One person will take the argument for that person being recognized as a celebrity, the other will take the counterargument • You will have one minute to prepare your ideas on scratch paper • Then we’ll follow this debate structure (just like we’d see in a persuasive essay): – 1 minute PRO – 1 minute COUNTER – 1 minute PRO

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