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lesson 13
1 hour

Examining Counterclaims


In this lesson, students continue to analyze Guns, Germs, and Steel, taking all excerpts into consideration in order to examine the author’s counterclaims. Students first examine the role of counterclaims in argument and then work to identify Diamond’s counterclaims and the evidence and reasoning that supports those counterclaims. Students then identify limitations of the counterclaims. Students pay particular attention to the way Diamond’s counterclaims contribute to the persuasiveness of the text.


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