DEBATE, DISCUSS, CONVINCE

We are constantly trying to convince one another about different things. And people and companies are constantly trying to convince us. Let’s have a go at building a convincing argument, “by the book”.

An opinion you want to convince somebody of is called a thesis. A thesis is supported by arguments.

Preparation on the whiteboard with the class

  • Inventory of topics
  • Debates in the House of Commons or in Congress on YouTube.
  • Some classics
  • Experiences of how to make a good argument or point
  • What can make you more convincing?

How to support your point of view

Always try to support your thesis with arguments that show that your opinion is important for:

  1. Health and security
  2. Economic, or practical benefit
  3. Aesthetics, or feeling. Something looks, smells, tastes, sounds or feels better.
  4. Authority. Somebody important or famous thinks like you do. Perhaps a scientist or pop star has the same opinion as you do. Use that!
  5. Common denominator. Always try to appeal to what you know about the culture and values of the people you are talking to. Is there anything you know about your audience, which you can use to make them feel at home with your opinion.

Exercises

  • A stronger defence
  • Bigger differences in income
  • School uniform
  • Other as suggested above

 

Five paragraph essay – argumentative

Theory on how to write a five paragraph argumentative essay.

11 reaktioner till “DEBATE, DISCUSS, CONVINCE”

  1. -Ensuring the survival of our species
    -Discovering life on Mars
    -Improving the quality of life on Earth
    -Growing as a species
    -Demonstrating political and economic leadership

    Gilla

  2. we should go to mars for a number of reasons, first of we are a species that live on just one place, it would only take one major disaster to wipe out most of humanity. If we expand ourself to mars we will have another chans. The second reason is because we are a species with curiosity.

    Gilla

  3. – Discovering new kinds of metal or other things we can use back on earth.
    – If we destroy the earth we can have a backup with things necessary to our survival.
    – It’s always good the explore our surroundings just like Columbus went and explored our earth.

    Gilla

  4. To fund a trip to Mars

    For:
    Most minds of our age are saying that a trip to Mars and the establishment of a colony on Mars is a necessity for the survival of our species. Such as Stephen Hawking. Elon Musk, Bill Nye, Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    First of, curiosity. Can it teach us about earth? And will we find life on Mars? There are a ton of questions about Mars and these are just a few of them.

    Secondly, progress. A trip to Mars would not only mean a lot of answered questions, it would also mean development in a lot of areas. As we have found ways to advance technology on earth, we would also be able to advance even more on the Mars. The quality of life on earth and the development of our species would be ensured.

    Arguments against:
    But what if we find life on Mars and they are not so friendly? What if they destroy the human race? That’s something that has been shown a lot in movies, but something not believed in by most. It is incredibly hard to predict how a trip to Mars would go. Then that is that. Most who are for a trip to Mars would say that the risks are worth it. When planning a trip to Mars you would have to do your best to ensure that there are as few risks as possible.

    Gilla

  5. EU:s krav för att införa euron.
    *stabila priser
    *sunda offentliga finanser
    *stabil växelkurs
    *låga räntor
    -Landet ska även ha en lagstiftning som stämmer överens med EU:s regler om valutaunionen.

    Gilla

  6. Change Swedens currency
    The Swedish krona makes it harder for company’s who rely on exporting their products

    If Sweden will become a greater nation a weak currency will not work.

    Gilla

  7. To fund a trip to Mars

    For:
    Most minds of our age are saying that a trip to Mars and the establishment of a colony on Mars is a necessity for the survival of our species. Such as Stephen Hawking. Elon Musk, Bill Nye, Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    First of, curiosity. Can it teach us about earth? And will we find life on Mars? There are a ton of questions about Mars and these are just a few of them.

    Secondly, progress. A trip to Mars would not only mean a lot of answered questions, it would also mean development in a lot of areas. As we have found ways to advance technology on earth, we would also be able to advance even more on the Mars. The quality of life on earth and the development of our species would be ensured.

    Arguments against:
    But what if we find life on Mars and they are not so friendly? What if they destroy the human race? That’s something that has been shown a lot in movies, but something not believed in by most. It is incredibly hard to predict how a trip to Mars would go. Then that is that. Most who are for a trip to Mars would say that the risks are worth it. When planning a trip to Mars you would have to do your best to ensure that there are as few risks as possible.

    Gillad av 1 person

  8. English Eu Currency Change Essay

    Hello fellow Swedes, Right now we are at the edge of joining the EU but need to finish some small changes to meet the requirements. One of the bigger changes are changing our currency to Euro instead of swedish krona. In this essay I´ll convince you to agree that changing currency is the right thing to do.

    Gilla

  9. Why a mission to Mars is not what we should do right now but in 20-30 years.

    Is it really worth it for the sheer ”coolness” factor or is it something we really need to do?

    If we wait for advancement in technology like photon beams which are much more longtime effective than ”good old” helium and hydrogen burning rockets then we could save a lot of money in the long run.

    Do we actually have enough data on mars to be able to safely land and get back?

    If there is a disaster on earth like a solar storm mars will be worse of since the lack of a magnetic field. And how long will it be before mars could take care of itself and not having resources from earth as a necessity.

    If we are going to mars, and we are planning to terraform, do we actually have any idea on how to do it? Or do we only want to go the ”because”?

    I just think we need more time to think this over so we can get the most out of it and I really think photon beams should get a chance so we can save a ton of money.’

    /Aaron

    Gilla

  10. Currently the earliest estimation for humans landing on mars is 2026, at the moment a lot of companies are working on sending humans to mars, for example Nasa or the famous non-profit company Mars one.

    The reason you might have heard of Mars one is because anyone could apply to be the first human on mars. It was actually very successful over 200,000 people applied for it and it has been narrow downed to 100 people, but it was very controversial and the reason for that is because the people who will go to mars will never come back to earth, it’s a one way mission. The goal of landing humans on mars by 2026 is a bit stretch but because it is a one way mission makes it a lot easier to achieve this mission.

    If you are prepared to wait a bit longer, NASA is currently working on a mission to mars and they want to bring there astronauts back, this is why NASA’s mission preparation will take longer, it’s a lot more challenging to bring the humans to mars and back, it is basically two trips.

    We should go to mars for a number of reasons, first of we are a species that live on just one place, it would only take one major disaster to wipe out most of humanity. If we expand ourself to mars we will have another chans.

    Gilla

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