Claims and Counterclaims

February 1, 2016

Claims and Counterclaims

Carol Anderbery

 

Proposals, propositions, claims, counterclaims, cons, arguments, and dialect swinger.  These are just some of the terms used for writing an argumentative paper.  Both the College English II and English 4 students have been busy working on group argumentative papers.  The College English II students have been writing about backpacks—both the need and hazards of backpacks, while the English 4 students have discussed the merits and faults of school uniforms.  After the issue of who would pay for the uniforms was settled, the students grasped the topic and came to insightful conclusions.  The students are split about 50/50 on whether uniforms would be successful or challenge a student’s identity and individuality.  The argumentative essay comes at a time when students have been steeped in persuasive writing, so the argumentative essay presents new challenges.  The dialect swinger is simply transition words that move the writer from one side of an argument to another.  The students are writing individual argumentative essays from the research paper topics completed during first semester.  The students are to use in-text citations throughout an argumentative paper to prove particular claims.  “Just because you say it, doesn’t make it so,” is a comment heard often as students fail to cite critical arguments. The essays are due for the College English II class on Wednesday, February 3, and the English 4 deadline is Friday, February 5.  

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