which center on refuting an opponent’s perspective
are antagonistic and
can foster emotionally and negatively charged reactions against the argument and the people
Rogerian argument, based on the psychology of Carl Rogers, s
eeks to diffuse
those situations by thoroughly considering different stances on issues, finding common
ground, and arriving at a compromise
The task of Rogerian argument, then, is to
address conflicting views fairly, accurately, and empathetically.
since it demonstrates that one has considered other possibilities
before arriving at a belief. The end result of a Rogerian argument is a compromised solution
that is more likely to satisfy all parties.
For this essay
your task is to develop your own original argument about some theme
topic. Rather than focusing on one
as you might have done in previous
, now you will
ing viewpoints on a single theme with the goal of articulating a “middle ground”
position between opposing viewpoints.
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Use invention techniques such as brainstorming, listing, cubing, reporters’ questions,
freewriting, and clustering.
Consider an external audience to guide tone, vocabulary, and content
Establish a tone that is suitable
to both your topic and purpose.
Write in a clea
r, concise, and engaging manner.
Think outside of binary oppositions, which often doom a debate to failur
Develop the skill to address emotionally charged topics with a degree of intellectual
bjectivity. Learn how to use the rhetorical triangle effectively.
Integrate or synthesize the ideas from selected
Learn the value and necessity of compromise when approaching complex issues.
Write an essay that is thoroughly developed and logically organized.
text citations and
Works Cited page.
Utilize the writing process
ing, revising, and editing
from start to finish.
Achieve a tone that is accessible and academic.
No personal pronouns; no c
ontractions; use formal, academic English
MLA format; 12
point font (Times New Roman
pages, typed, double
not including Works Cited page).
(at least 1 source must
support side A
; more may be used.
least one source must
support side B
; more may be used).
At least three  i
ntegrated quotations to support and illustrate
each of the
arguments presented must be used.
submit copies of any articles and materials
if outside sources are used
You must submit
edited rough draft, the peer edit sheet, and
the final draft
in order for your final essay submission to be accepted
lace all materials, drafts,
etc. in a folder for submission [Email submission is fine.]
Begin by finding a reading from which you can identify multiple perspectives
(arguments) on an issue. An argument might be identified from a character’s position
in a narrative, an author’s voice in an essay or from a narrator in a poem.
Once you have ch
osen your reading, ask a few of the following complex questions
Side A/Side B
What are some examples from
What common ground exists between Side A & Side B?
How can that common ground be expressed in a new, compromised claim?
What evidence is there in support of a common ground argument?
What is my proposal for compromise on this issue? How does it differ from the
information in my sources?
Looking over the
answers to those questions, begin to articulate the complex question
that might address the variety of answers you have identified.
Remember that your thesis statement will likely take the form of a complex question.
Rogerian argument finds
a common gro
Side A & Side B.
In this case a complex question means a question with one independent clause and at least one dependent clause. Do
not confuse this sentence structure with the logical fallacy “Complex Question.” See
for more details.
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