When one buttal isn't enough, you may just have to make a rebuttal. After today's video you'll be rebutting like it's nothing. Check it out.
|5th Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||5th Grade|
Even the strongest of arguments can attract counterclaims, and unanswered counterclaims [Man lifting weights and girl approaches]
can make even the best argument seem unconvincing.
If we don't do something about 'em, they'll buzz around and crawl all over our argument. [Insects crawling on skin]
It's kind of like watermelon at a picnic. It might be crisp and refreshing, but if it's
covered in ants, it loses its appeal. Yuck… Luckily, that's where rebuttals come in. [Slices of melon with ants all over]
A rebuttal shuts down a counterclaim, and it works in three easy steps:
1. Identify the counterclaim 2. Acknowledge the opposing counterclaim
3. Provide evidence against the counterclaim [Hand squishes bug on a persons arm]
Think of it this way: if counterclaims were Superman, rebuttals would be kryptonite.
Take that Superman. So here’s an example. [Man holding kryptonite and superman runs away]
Say you're writing an argument against driverless cars, and at some point you write:
"Being the pilot of a driverless car is dangerous, because computers don't have the experience
of dealing with other human drivers and the ability to anticipate the mistakes they make."
Just like any argument, this one is open to counterclaims. [Man driving a car]
For example, since you're talking about how humans are better drivers than computers,
someone might put focus on the strengths that computers have that humans lack.
For example, "Engineers like to point out that with the advancement in computer technology,
these smart cars can see all sides of the car at one time where as humans
always have a blind spot."
See? These counterclaims can come out of nowhere. They’re lurking in every corner. [Monster appears from trash bin as boy walks by]
There’s probably one behind you right now.
But we know what to do. We add the counterclaim to our argument, by rebutting it. [Coop pointing to chalkboard]
We can do that by going back to our research materials, and seeing if anything there blocks
the counterclaim. [Girl watching a martial arts video]
This stuff is basically mental karate…
And after we check our materials, we see that there's actually a lot of research being done
towards solving blind spot problems, both through advanced technology and mirrors, so [A vehicle speedometer]
if we follow the counterclaim with a statement summing up these ideas, we'll have our rebuttal.
The counterclaim has been shut down and our argument is safe to live another day. Huzzah!
Whether you're writing about driverless cars, aerospace technology, or the best way to open
a can of soup, rebuttals make controlling counterclaims a breeze. [A tin of rebuttal soup]
Oh, and make sure to always have a spare watermelon handy.
We might be able to help with rebuttals, but we can't do anything about those pesky ants… [A couple having a picnic]