English 020 Connection: Considering a Counter Argument

Step 2: Think
Think about your thesis in Essay 2 and the working thesis you wrote for it last week.
Then, think about the opposing viewpoint. Why might someone disagree with you?
To help you think it through, answer the following questions:
What is your argument (working thesis) in Essay 2?
What reasonable claims have others made that contradict your argument? List at least 2. You could use these claims as your counter arguments. Remember that the counter argument is more than just stating the opposite viewpoint. A counter argument provides a logical reason. Then, it is your job to refute that reason. You might get ideas about possible counter arguments from some of the articles we read as the authors from the first three opposed the authors for the second set.
How could you refute the counter argument using either the turn back or the turn against method?
Step 3: Write a Counter Argument
For our purposes, we will keep the counter argument to one sentence. We will add the counter argument to one of our body paragraphs. The counter argument should come in as the first sentence, before the Point. Then, the Point refutes the counter argument and proves you are right.
Things to remember:
The counter argument for our purposes will be only one sentence. We will not provide Information or Explanation about the counter argument. We will only mention it, right before the Point.
The counter argument should provide a reason, not just state the opposite thesis.
Your Point will work to prove the counter argument wrong. Your reason in that body paragraph should directly respond to the reason in the counter argument.
Write down one possible Point (subclaim/topic sentence). Think back to your thesis, and think of one reason to support it.
For example, if my thesis said that colleges should ban free speech on their campuses, one reason/point might be: Hate speech should be banned be banned because it can cause students to feel unsafe in a place meant to help them learn.”

Think of a counter argument to your Point. What would someone say in return. For my Point, it might be the argument about free speech. So before my Point, I might add the counter. It will look like this:
Some people might argue that free speech on college campuses is protected under the First Amendment; however, it can cause students to feel unsafe on their campuses, and should therefore be llimited.The part in blue is the counter argument. The part in yellow is my Point. The rest of the paragraph will work to prove my Point (by giving Informations and Explanations)

Please, as you submit, highlight the counter argument in blue and the Point in yellow as well.
Below is another sample, which is on a different paper topic. Note that you are not writing on social media. This is just a sample to see the paragraph in action.
Some experts argue that social media helps justice campaigns because it allows people to connects and communicate better. However, social media campaigns are hurt real social justice because they create weak connections, failing to inspire true action.s:Step 1: Review
Before starting this assignment, please make sure you have carefully read through Counter Arguments lecture.
Step 2: Think
Think about your thesis in Essay 2 and the working thesis you wrote for it last week.
Then, think about the opposing viewpoint. Why might someone disagree with you?
To help you think it through, answer the following questions:
What is your argument (working thesis) in Essay 2?
What reasonable claims have others made that contradict your argument? List at least 2. You could use these claims as your counter arguments. Remember that the counter argument is more than just stating the opposite viewpoint. A counter argument provides a logical reason. Then, it is your job to refute that reason. You might get ideas about possible counter arguments from some of the articles we read as the authors from the first three opposed the authors for the second set.
How could you refute the counter argument using either the turn back or the turn against method?
Step 3: Write a Counter Argument
For our purposes, we will keep the counter argument to one sentence. We will add the counter argument to one of our body paragraphs. The counter argument should come in as the first sentence, before the Point. Then, the Point refutes the counter argument and proves you are right.
Things to remember:
The counter argument for our purposes will be only one sentence. We will not provide Information or Explanation about the counter argument. We will only mention it, right before the Point.
The counter argument should provide a reason, not just state the opposite thesis.
Your Point will work to prove the counter argument wrong. Your reason in that body paragraph should directly respond to the reason in the counter argument.
Write down one possible Point (subclaim/topic sentence). Think back to your thesis, and think of one reason to support it.
For example, if my thesis said that colleges should ban free speech on their campuses, one reason/point might be: Hate speech should be banned be banned because it can cause students to feel unsafe in a place meant to help them learn.”

Think of a counter argument to your Point. What would someone say in return. For my Point, it might be the argument about free speech. So before my Point, I might add the counter. It will look like this:
Some people might argue that free speech on college campuses is protected under the First Amendment; however, it can cause students to feel unsafe on their campuses, and should therefore be llimited.The part in blue is the counter argument. The part in yellow is my Point. The rest of the paragraph will work to prove my Point (by giving Informations and Explanations)

Please, as you submit, highlight the counter argument in blue and the Point in yellow as well.
Below is another sample, which is on a different paper topic. Note that you are not writing on social media. This is just a sample to see the paragraph in action.
Some experts argue that social media helps justice campaigns because it allows people to connects and communicate better. However, social media campaigns are hurt real social justice because they create weak connections, failing to inspire true action.