The outline below, adapted from Seyler's , is an example of a rebuttal section from a thesis essay.
When you rebut or refute an opposing position, use the following three-part organization: The opponent’s argument: Usually, you should not assume that your reader has read or remembered the argument you are refuting.
Therefore, to not consider opposing positions to your own in a fair manner may alienate fence-sitters when they see that you are not addressing their concerns or discussion opposing positions at all.
Following the TTEB method outlined in the Body Paragraph section, forecast all the information that will follow in the rebuttal section and then move point by point through the other positions addressing each one as you go.
If you challenge the writer’s evidence, then you must present the more recent evidence.
If you challenge assumptions, then you must explain why they do not hold up.Write a strong thesis statement that tells your audience how you intend to show the opposing viewpoint to be mistaken, then move into the body of your rebuttal. Restate each of the opposing party's claims or accusations, then follow with your rebuttal of each of these claims. Avoid ambiguous language that makes it appear as if you are trying to avoid key issues.Avoid beginning your rebuttal by stating that everything the opposing side says is wrong or a lie. Now write an opposing view that negates what they've said and presents solid evidence that your audience can verify.Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.Summary: This resource outlines the generally accepted structure for introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions in an academic argument paper.Thus, at the beginning of your paragraph, you need to state, accurately and fairly, the main points of the argument you will refute.Your position: Next, make clear the nature of your disagreement with the argument or position you are refuting.Keep in mind that this resource contains guidelines and not strict rules about organization.Your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience.In political campaigns, the opposing sides often paraphrase the truth or reveal something about the other party out of context to put the other party in a bad light. Base your rebuttals on full disclosure and let the audience decide.Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.".