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Revising Promotion Essays

After you write a first draft, you'll be ready to start reviewing and revising. When you revise, you think about the "big picture," including your opinion, reasons, and details and the ways that you connect them into a beginning, middle, and ending. These activities will help you revise.

Revising to Answer Objections

Believe it or not, one of the most powerful ways to support your opinion is to consider the ideas of people who disagree. When you mention an opposing viewpoint, you show your reader that you have already thought about objections against your opinion. You also get the opportunity to handle the objection in one of three ways:

  • Refuting the objection means showing how the opposing idea is incorrect.

    Some people say that students who have to share instruments learn patience and cooperation. Unfortunately in the past, students who share instruments have only learned that band is not for them and have dropped out.

  • Addressing the objection means recognizing it is valid but has some limitations.

    Many people have suggested a fund-raiser to make money for new instruments. Though fund-raisers can be helpful, the cost of new instruments means a lot of effort to buy only a few instruments.

  • Conceding the objection means saying it is a good point while at the same time stressing the importance of your position.

    Yes, every student would prefer to play a new instrument. That's true. But a used instrument is better than nothing, which is what many students currently have.

Answer objections.

Think about three objections to your opinion and write them in the spaces provided. Then, under each objection, write a response that refutes, addresses, or concedes the objection. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

Objection 1:

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Answer 1 (Refute, Address, or Concede):

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Objection 2:

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Answer 2 (Refute, Address, or Concede):

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Objection 3:

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Answer 3 (Refute, Address, or Concede):

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This lesson is a part of the Promoting a Cause unit.

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