1. For this Writer’s Notebook, you will use information from Glass’s essay “In Praise of Classroom Cell Phone Bans” to write two paragraphs–a counterargument and a refutation. Such paragraphs are challenging to write, so before you begin be sure that you have carefully read through the previous Lesson on counterarguments and refutations.
For this task to work, you have to first imagine that you are writing a different argumentative essay, one about the debate over electronic devices in college classrooms. In this imaginary essay, you have provided and are defending the following thesis statement:
“Educational institutions should not ban students from using electronic devices in the classroom.”
Glass clearly takes a different view, so from his essay you can get a counterargument (a claim that is in opposition to your thesis). So, for your two paragraphs, do the following:
1. Write a counterargument paragraph showing the viewpoint of the opposition. This paragraph must include specific information, a claim, and a direct quote from “In Praise of Classroom Cell Phone Bans.”
2. Write a refutation paragraph in response to the counterargument. In this paragraph, you are refuting the opposing view, clarifying your position, and offering reasons why students should be allowed to use electronic devices.
In the end you will have two paragraphs: a counterargument that uses Glass’s ideas and quotes from his article and a refutation paragraph that has your own ideas about why electronic devices should not be banned.