I am tutoring some students in the very basics of writing a 5-paragraph essay to present an argument, in preparation for more advanced academic writing. I am instructing them to include:
- An introduction with thesis
- Three body paragraphs, each with statements that supporting the thesis and evidence
- A conclusion
Sometimes, the students want to present counter-arguments to their thesis. For example, they organized the five paragraphs like this:
- ¶1 thesis: Dogs make great pets.
- ¶2 statement: Dogs can make people happy. Examples.
- ¶3 statement: Dogs can rescue people. Examples.
- ¶4 statement: However, dogs are not clean. Examples.
- ¶5 conclusion.
Is it okay to include an entire paragraph based around a counter-example like this. What would be the appropriate place for such a counter-example to appear?