Writing counterclaims

Writing counterclaims

I can write a counterclaim and rebuttal, using appropriate transitions...

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Writing counterclaims

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Students learn about the importance of a counterclaim and how it strengthens their argument in an argumentative essay. They will learn how to include a counterclaim in their writing, using transitions and sentence starters, writing a rebuttal, and supporting with evidence and examples.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1a; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1a; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1c

Learning objective

Students will be able to introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.


Students watch a video to review the parts of an argument essay and write notes. Discuss how a counterclaim strengthens your claim and how best to include one in your essay.


Click on the covers to reveal various transitions and sentence starters used for writing a counterclaim and rebuttal. Share an example then have students practice writing their own counterclaims for different provided claims.


Students will respond to 10 questions. They will be asked to read paragraphs and identify the sentence that contains the counterclaim.


Have students pair up and spin the wheel. Read the claim beneath the cover where they land, then have them write a counterclaim. They can then compare their response to those of their classmates.

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