OK, what's going on in this chapter?
As I said in the introduction, while these are important concepts to learn, because we won't be writing many arguments this semester, we're looking at these writing techniques to help evaluate the writing of others. Do the writers of the sample essays use them, and, if so, how do they work?
This is the first chapter that really addresses how to respond to the arguments of others. I believe you'll see that the three main modes they discuss should cover any possible response.
You should also see that the intent of the text is to complicate and/or nuance the writer's responses. The goals are deeper understanding, clearer communication, and arguments that appeal to adults. We don't just disagree--but we provide valid, well-supported factual reasons for doing so. We don't just agree, but we try to provide additional reasons or reasoning to make the case stronger, or, perhaps, we concede some points we agree with, but go on to make a larger or more important point.
What does the text say about being undecided? I think it makes at least two different points. I'll leave it up to you guys to let me know what they are.
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