Counter Claim

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Weekly learning
target:
Date: 11/19/13
AIM: How do we develop
strong counter claims?
I can create
clear claims and
counterclaims
using textual
analysis and
evidence to
make a clear
argument.
support them.
Warm Up: Should women take their
husbands last name?
Make a minimum of 1 claim to
support your position.
Check For Understanding
Think/Pair/Share
Announcement
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Agenda
1.Warm Up and Vocabulary: Journal Prompt
2.Mini-Lesson: Counter Claims
3.Guided Practice: Developing Our Counter Claims
4.Independent Practice: Developing Counter Claims
5.Wrap Up: Publishing Our Work
Homework:
The Writing Process
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Brainstorming and Planning
Drafting
Revising
Editing
Final Draft
Publish
Vocabulary
Counter Claim:
The arguments against your
position.
Counter Claim
Watch the clip and
answer the following
questions:
What is the lawyer’s
counter claim?
What is the purpose of
his counter claim?
http://www.youtube.co
m/watch?v=DEX5gM0P8
You Should Assume…
That the person reading your
essay DOES NOT BELIEVE YOU
when they begin reading.
Counter Claims
Counter Claim: One of the most
important parts of an argument is knowing
the arguments against your position and
acknowledging them.
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It shows that you have thought about both
sides.
Position
Counter Claim
How Do We Develop Counter
Claims?
 We
look at both sides equally
 We
collect evidence and create claims for
both sides
 We
look at the claims and ask “What are
the reasons to agree and disagree
with each claim?”
Position
The American Dream is not attainable.
Claim #1:
Obstacles can get in the way.
 What are the reasons to agree with
the claim?
I have textual evidence to support
this claim with the character of
Lennie in Of Mice and Men.
Counter Claim
The American Dream is attainable.
Counter Claim #1:
If you work hard you can achieve and
overcome the obstacles.
 What are the reasons to agree with the
claim?
I have textual evidence to
support this with Junior in ATD
when he leaves the Rez to go to Reardan.
 What are the reasons to disagree with
the claim?
Junior doesn’t actually achieve breaking away
from poverty through education in the book.
He simply goes to school, gets good grades and
meets new friends.
The text does not show him getting off the Rez
or breaking the cycle of poverty.
Counter Claims
Popcorn Read
State the counter
claim
State the counter
evidence
Analysis of Counter
Evidence
Refute
Evidence
Analysis
Many people argue that the American Dream is in
fact attainable. Those who argue this often use the
character of Junior in The Absolutely True Diary of a
Part Time Indian as evidence. They point to page 67
when the author shows Rowdy leaving the
Reservation for an all white school in order to
achieve his dream. The author writes on page 67 that
Junior is finally “going to a place that was completely
opposite of the Rez.” Though it is true that this
evidence shows that character of Junior is able to
work hard and get an education the evidence does
not show that Junior is attaining the American
Dream. In the text, the character of Junior does not
leave the a life of poverty or create a new life for his
family. He is simply shown as going to a better school
and making new friends. On page 72 he says, “I was
poor, I was really poor.” This clearly shows that the
character of Junior is not achieving the American
Dream he is simply seeing wealth and success from a
closer view.
Check for Understanding
Which of the following is true of a counter
claim?
1)
Counter Claims have no evidence to
support them.
1)
You must find evidence to support and
refute a Counter Claim in order to use it.
Guided Practice
Position
Counter Claim
Claim #1:
Counter Claim #1:
 What are the reasons to agree with
the claim?
 What are the reasons to agree with the
claim?
 What are the reasons to disagree with
the claim?
Guided Practice
Directions: Work with your partner to
identify the counter claim to your position.
Protocol
Partner 1: Read your position and claim #1
Partner 2: Suggest a counter claim
Switch Roles
Argumentative Essay
Independent Practice
 Begin
the rough draft of your counter claim.
Position
The American Dream is not attainable.
Claim #1:
 What are the reasons to agree with
the claim?
I have textual evidence to
support this claim
with the character of Lennie in
Of Mice and Men.
Counter Claim
The American Dream is attainable.
Counter Claim #1:
 What are the reasons to agree with the
claim?
I have textual evidence to
support this with Junior in ATD
when he leaves the Rez to go to
Reardan.
 What are the reasons to disagree with
the claim?
Junior doesn’t actually achieve
breaking away from poverty through
education in the book.
He simply goes to school, gets good
grades and meets new friends.
The text does not show him getting off
the Rez or breaking the cycle of
poverty.
Wrap Up
 Turn
to your partner and share your counter
claims evidence.
 Class
Share Out.
 How
Do We Develop Strong Counter Claims?
Homework
∗Counter Claim Rough Draft

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