(Answered) ENGL147N Week 2 Discussion: Humble yet Assertive?

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Apply the following writing resources to your assignment:

With your specific argument stance (thesis/claim) in mind, locate one scholarly source with opinions that do not agree with your own stance. Using Toulmin’s model, demonstrate the use of concession and refutation to rebut an opposing viewpoint, keeping in mind the importance of a humble yet assertive tone.

Steps: In 2 rich paragraphs, answer the following as related to your stance for your argument essay:

  1. Locate a specific opposing point within the article: Note one point in this article that opposes your stance, using proper source integration and citation techniques.
  2. Concession: Although the point is in opposition to your own stance, describe the merits of the point. What elements of the point do you see as valid? Who in your own audience might agree with this opposing source and why?
  3. Refutation: Although you are able to find merits to the point and to see that some readers may agree with this opposing viewpoint, how will you refute the point? What might you say and do to convince readers that despite holding some merit, the viewpoint is not as valid or useful as your own stance on the issue? How will your approach to this opposing viewpoint influence your audience’s reaction to your essay? Remember to use correct quotation or paraphrasing techniques with correct APA in-text citation.


When looking for sources that oppose my viewpoint, I found an article entitled, Fire Deficit Increases Wildfire Risk For Many Communities In The Canadian Boreal Forest. In this article it lists several reasons why it is beneficial to allow wildfires to burn. According to Nature Communications: Extinguishing wildfires before they become large increases the age of the forest and the amount of continuity of flammable vegetation near communities, thereby unintentionally amplifying the fire hazard in the long run around these same values that we seek to protect” (Nature Communications, 2020, p 2).  ……please click the icon below to purchase full answer at $5