How is argumentation like boxing?

Today, we launched are unit on argumentation with a comparison/contrast activity focusing on this essential question. Some student responses that come to mind:

* Both take training
* Both involve pride/dignity
* Argumentation might involve more than two perspectives, but boxing is just between two.
* Both have winners

Unlike boxing where the opponent is in your face, in a written argument, the opponent is invisible. So, the first thing you have to do as an argument writer is identify your naysayers. Who would disagree with your argument? Why would they disagree?

We finished class with a naysayer game.

Tomorrow, we’ll dig into the importance of EVIDENCE.

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