Check out this real-world example of how important recognizing counter-arguments and preparing rebuttals are for succeeding in life. I mean, seriously, dinner is at stake here! Never let your twin sister overrule your meal suggestion again!
Miss Enos: “I want Pizza!”
Mrs. Roberti: “I want Tacos!"
Mrs. Roberti’s Counterarguments (her reasons against my choice)
1. Tacos are cheaper
2. We go to a Food Truck- It’s Quicker
3. We have more options.
Miss Enos’ Rebuttals (My Reasons why her counterarguments are totally wrong)
1. It is true that tacos may be cheaper to buy right away, but pizza is an excellent leftover treat! You can put it in the fridge and have another meal with it, or you can freeze it and have it later. Can’t do that with tacos. Frozen tacos are gross.
2. Although food trucks may be quicker, it is nice to spend an evening having dinner together. Why rush it? We will get a chance to talk about our day together.
3. While it may seem that tacos offer more options at first glance, by using the counting principle, I have discovered that you can only get 1,152 possible standard combinations of tacos. Pizza, on the other hand, offers 54, 880 standard combinations.
Plan your Counterargument/ Rebuttal Paragraph (s):
1. First Sentence: Introduce the Counterargument (the opposing view) and your Rebuttal (why the opposing view is wrong).
2. Sentence 2-5ish: Add details to strengthen your point.
3. Last Sentence: Summarize your reason.
It is true that tacos may be cheaper to buy right away, but pizza is an excellent leftover treat! You can put it in the fridge and have another meal with it, or you can freeze it and have it later. You can’t do that with tacos. Tacos get mushy. Pizza is excellent heated up in the toaster-oven. It stays nice and crispy that way. By spending more money at first, you are able to ultimately save money by eating the pizza for a second (or even third) meal. Ultimately, the fact that pizza is great leftover makes pizza for dinner the more affordable choice in the long run.
Go on to this post on the ELA blog forcounterargument/ rebuttal sentence starters!