Organizing Persuasive Speeches

This section covers the three most commonly used organizational patterns in argumentation. The "trial lawyer" model uses a point-counterpoint pattern to refute each opposing claim and is used when the number of arguments for and against is balanced. The "refute and overwhelm" model is used when one side has more arguments for it than against it and starts with a balanced refutation of opposing claims and then moves on to "overwhelm" the opposition by presenting additional irrefutable arguments. Complete the exercises at the end of the section.