Rogerian Argument AP English

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Introduction
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1. It is a statement of the problem. Present your argument as a problem in need of a solution, and raise the possibility of positive change. (This strategy can interest an audience who would not be drawn into an argument that seems devoted to tearing something down). Remain Neutral.
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Summary of Opposing Views
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2. Statement of the views of the opposition. Be as accurate and neutral as possible. Show that you are capable of listening without judging and that you have given a fair hearing to people who differ with you—the people you most need to teach.
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Statement of Understanding
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3. Concession. Show that you understand that there are situations in which the opponents’ views are valid. Do not concede that their views are always right, but recognize those conditions under which you share their views.
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Statement of your Position
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4. Explanation of your views. Having won the attention of both the opponents and those who have no position on the issue, your audience is prepared to listen fairly because you have shown that you yourself are fair.
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Statement of Contexts
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5. Opposite of the Statement of Understanding. Description of situations in which you hope your views will be honored. Situations in which you feel your opponent should respect your views.
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Statement of Benefits
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6. Appeal to self-interest of opponent who doesn’t share, but respects your views. Conclude by showing audience how they benefit from your position. End on positive.

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