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  1. 1. Class 36 EWRT 1A
  2. 2. Agenda 1.Review 1.Describing the problem 2.The solution: the thesis 3.Outlining the plan 2.Planning for objections: the counterargument 3.Evaluating Alternative Solutions 4.Research? 1.Investigate 2.Interview 3.Read
  3. 3. The Review 1.Review 1.Describing the problem 2.The solution: the thesis 3.Outlining the plan
  4. 4. Planning a Counterargument
  5. 5. Anticipate Objections. Write a few sentences responding to the following objections you think 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.
  6. 6. Consider Alternative Solutions This requires thinking! Remember, ultimately, you are going to show why your solution is better than these alternatives!
  7. 7. Considering Alternative Solutions List two or three alternative solutions that others have proposed or tried. You may have discovered these alternatives during interviews or in your library research. You do not have to list every solution that has been mentioned, but you should include the most popular or serious alternatives. If you include only obviously weak solutions in your argument, your credibility will be harmed and you could be accused of committing the straw man fallacy, which involves directing your counterargument against an alternative that nobody takes seriously anyway.
  8. 8. Developing your evaluation of alternative solutions Write a paragraph for each alternative solution you think you should include in your argument. Describe the alternative solution fairly, quoting supporters if possible. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Homework  We will meet in the library lobby tomorrow morning at 8:25. Be prepared to do your research for this essay.  On Thursday, 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  Write: Post #42: post your writing in response to slides five, seven, and eight. Be thorough. This will be part of your final essay