Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? You could most likely make a case for every character in the play (with perhaps the exception of Serving Men 1-3, but then again . . .).
A big advantage of gathering information and evidence for a claim/counter claim or argumentative essay is that whatever material doesn’t make the cut for your claim(s) can automatically become your counterclaim! Counterclaims aren’t something outlandish or far-fetched, they are simply claims that are weaker and bear less evidence.
Unlike our personal statements essays, which started in many different ways and from a variety of experiences and inspirations, our current essay can be approached in this systematic way where we gather, sort, outline, draft, edit, and then publish. Easy, right?
Pre-Writing: gathering evidence for claims and counter-claims . . .
And last, we hosted an exhilarating visit from author and illustrator George O’Connor, whose series of graphic novels, The Olympians, updates Greek Mythology in a fresh, new way (i.e. Zeus has been transformed into a Lords of Dogtown style surfer dude!). Mr. O’Connor discussed the origins of his passion and craft, gave us a crash course on some favorite Greek Myths, and reminded us that mistakes become strengths when we learn and grow from them.
Self-portrait by George O’Connor (and Athena)