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January is a fresh start, and we're starting with fresh writing skills. We're learning the skill of argument through it's elements: claim, evidence, warrant. [ practice template]
An argument isn’t just a disagreement with your best friend about what to do on Saturday afternoon.
In writing, an argument is a text
that expresses the author’s position
about a topic and why that topic is correct.
As a reader, it’s your job to evaluate
the strength of the author’s argument
and decide whether you agree with it.
Parts of an Argument
An argument includes:
Claim: A claim is a statement that is arguable. What do I think?
Reason: A reason is a statement that supports the claim. It's a rule most people would agree with. Why do you say that?
Evidence: Evidence supports the reason and gives proof to the claim. How do I know this is true?
Claim: A claim is a statement that is arguable.
Examples might be a solution to a problem, an opinion about a social issue, or something the author believes to be true.
A claim often answers the question that starts with the word what.
What do I think?
What is the problem that needs to be solved?
The claim typically answers the question: “What do I think?”
Warrant/Reason: A reason is a statement that supports the claim. It's a rule most people would agree with -- a reason that adds the zing to your evidence. It connects your evidence to your claim. Reasons often answer the question why. Why do you say that?
If you can answer the question why with the word because in the sentence, you have a reason.
The reasons typically answer the question: “Why do I think this?” Warrant Examples
Evidence supports the reason and gives proof to the claim. Evidence can include examples, case studies, testimonials, and statistics.
Evidence often answers the question how. How do I know this is true?
The evidence typically answers the question: “How do I know this is the case?”
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