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Building Strong Arguments Worksheet
What is your persuasive speech topic? Be as specific as possible.
Why did you pick this topic?
How is your topic relevant to your audience?
After reading “Building Strong Arguments” article, respond to the following questions using
your persuasive speech topic as an example.
1. Clarify your thinking: What are the pros and cons of the issue being addressed?
Your thesis:
Pros
Cons
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2. Consider key objections: What are the objections to your position? How can you respond
to them?
Objections
Rebuttals
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3. Crafting your argument: In order to structure your arguments, you need to consider your
audience’s position (receptive, skeptical, resistant, opposed). Choose one of the four
positions and craft one argument using your supportive materials and rebuttals.
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