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Unformatted text preview: Because cheerleaders spend as much time working in the gym as basketball players do. • Evidence is anything that helps prove the reasons: We know cheerleaders put in as much gym time as basketball players because Stephanie, who’s a cheerleader, attended three-hour practices while the basketball team was done with their practices in 90 minutes. Pitfalls to Avoid 1. Arguments break down when someone tries to go right from a claim to evidence: Cheerleading is a sport because Stephanie practiced for three hours and the basketball guys only practiced for ninety minutes. 2. Arguments can also be weak because they’re just claims and reasons without evidence: Cheerleading is a sport because cheerleaders practice longer than basketball players. 3. Arguments will be unclear if the claim is unclear: “Cheerleading!” 4. Or they derail because the claim doesn’t address anything controversial: “Child abuse is horrible.” (Anybody disagree?)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course RHETORIC 101 taught by Professor Stenson during the Spring '08 term at University of Iowa.
- Spring '08