to Write a Division
(Classical Persuasive Format)
It must start by explicitly stating a point or points
of agreement. E.g., “I agree with my
opponents that everyone deserves the right to choose his or her own place to
A division is not the place to make your arguments or
present your evidence or warrants for your standpoint! In a division you should not use the word
The division is general, and should not get into fine
It must be fat-free and very easily understandable on
first reading. Keep it short and simple (the KISS principle).
It must avoid making conclusions (do that in the
It should be so clearly and explicitly written that the
opponent has no choice but to accept that this is really the exact point where
the two of you stop agreeing and start disagreeing.
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