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Introducing Claim (or Thesis) Statements

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Claims
What is a claim ?
Directions: In your composition notebook, choose one of the following topics and write one sentence expressing your opinion about it. When you are finished, read silently.
Football V. basketball
Cats VS. Dogs
Jose Peppers
Early dismissal
Fall
Summer
Pets
A statement that is argued, defended, and supported in an essay.
A claim is just ONE sentence!
An essay should be built around a claim!
In fact, all of the body paragraphs will argue or defend your claim.
So, how do you use a claim?
Think of it like this...
Ok, ok. You've convinced me. I need claims in my life.
A claim is...
One sentence
Declarative
Short and concise
Can be defended with evidence
An opinion statement without saying “I think” or “I feel”
Let's look back at your opinion statement.
Directions: Choose one of the
following topics and write one
sentence expressing your opinion about it.
Football V. basketball
Cats VS. Dogs
Jose Peppers
Early dismissal
Fall
Summer
Pets
A claim is...
One sentence
Declarative
Short and concise
Can be defended with evidence
An opinion statement without saying “I think” or “I feel”
But why do I even need
a claim?
Help you find main ideas.
• Write with a purpose.
• Master different modes of writing.
• Summarize a topic.
• Narrow down a topic.
• Develop clear and concise thinking and writing.
• Help you Understand the purpose. behind different types of essays.
• Help you write stories which have a premise.
Because, a claim can...
Ok.
So that's a little more difficult than I thought. Let's practice some more.
First, here are some examples.
Hey! I'm the body paragraphs of an essay.
Claim
Everything I do should support the claim.
Think of it like this...
The claim is like a road map.
A claim lets the reader know what is coming up next. As a writer, it gives you direction.

How do I write a claim?
Subject
+
What you think
+
(Three) Points of Support
Sodas should remain an option in our lunchrooms because of their fund raising importance and because they allow students to begin exercising responsibility and good decision-making.
Students should be allowed to carry cell phones at school because they provide students more security, they can be used in emergencies, and they keep parents involved in their children’s school lives.
Cell phones should not be allowed at school because of their potential to distract students, to lead to thefts, and to be used for cheating.
A claim is...
One sentence
Declarative
Short and concise
Can be defended with evidence
An opinion statement without saying “I think” or “I feel”
Choose one of the topics below and write claim. Free read when you are finished.
Phones at school
Late start to school day
Gum chewing
Playing sports in 6th grade
More explo classes
Passing period
You can also write a claim like this...
Subject
+
What you think
+
(Three) reasons of Support
Choosing to go to college was a complex decision that involved researching the school, applying to the school, and enrolling in classes.
Choosing a college



a complex decision


research the school, apply to the school, enroll in school.
Subject
+
What you think
+
(Three) Points of Support
Claims, Part II
OTB
Directions: Read the sentences below. Number 1-5. If it is a claim write "C" if it is not write "NC". You do not need to rewrite the sentence.
1. Claims are cool.
2. Dogs are good pets because they are loyal, trainable, and helpful.
3. Cookies are made with sugar, eggs, and milk.
4. A smartphone is a useful tool because it can access the internet, email, and has many helpful apps.
5. Smartphones are the best because they are fun, interesting, and popular.

Now, let's practice identifying a claim.
Which sentence in the following paragraphs is the claim?
At first, in middle school everything feels difficult. However, once students have the time to adjust to the new routine, they begin to look forward to high school. Though middle school prepares students for high school, the change from 8th to 9th grade can be a challenge. High school is more difficult than middle school because there are way more people, the teachers are more strict, and the work is much harder.
Claims
Part 1

1. NC
2. C
3. NC
4. C
5. C
Cars are jam packed on the highway. Everyone is late for work. There is no easy way to get from one part of town to the other with this many cars on the road. Communities need a solution, and that solution is public transportation.
Public transportation is an essential part of community because it is inexpensive, unites neighborhoods, and is better for the environment.
Recycling helps in saving natural resources, conserving energy, and decreasing pollution. Society is wasting too many natural resources and the environment suffers. However, there are easy solutions that can be adopted. If society works together, the world will be better for it.
This is how a claim works in an essay...
Introductory paragraph
with a 1 sentence
claim
.
Body Paragraph 1
support for claim
reason #1
Body Paragraph 2
support for claim
reason #2
Body Paragraph 3
support for claim
reason #3
Concluding Paragraph
Re-state 1 sentence
claim
Technology is a part of everyday life. Computers have become the norm. Students and adults alike are expected to know the latest technology. Students should be allowed to carry cell phones because they are useful technology, they are easier to access than computers, and they will cut school's technology costs.
Growing up is about making choices and learning from mistakes. Students are allowed more responsibility as they become older and are expected to make good choices. However, students need the opportunities to make those choices in order to learn. Schools should allow students access to vending machines because it teaches kids how to make good choices, in the middle of the day they often need a snack, and limiting access to snacks won't stop them from eating snacks!
Let's look at this example:
At first, in middle school everything feels difficult. However, once students have the time to adjust to the new routine, they begin to look forward to high school. Though middle school prepares students for high school, the change from 8th to 9th grade can be a challenge. High school is more difficult than middle school because there are way more people, the teachers are more strict, and the work is much harder.
Claim
High school

is more difficult than middle school

because there are way more people,
the teachers are more strict,
and the work is much harder.
Subject
+
what you think

+
3 points of support
Introductory paragraph with






Conclusion Paragraph and restate
Let's practice writing more claims.
Choose one of the following topics and write a claim.
Winter
Football Vs. basketball
5th grade vs. 6th grade
volunteering
Homework

What will your three body paragraphs be based on your claim?
Choose one of the following topics and write a claim.
Adopting a pet
LKMS
Shopping
KU VS KState
Facebook

What will your 3 body paragraphs be based on your claim?
Don't forget!
Subject
+
What you think
+
(Three) Points of Support
A claim is...
One sentence
Declarative
Short and concise
Can be defended with evidence
An opinion statement without saying “I think” or “I feel”
Instagram
Early Release
Cougar Night
Book reports
Late Slips

Choose one of the following topics and write a claim.
What will your 3 body paragraphs be based on your claim?
OTB
Body Paragraph #1: Way more people
Body Paragraph #2: Teachers are more strict
Body Paragraph #3 : Work is harder
claim
claim
A claim appears in both the intro and conclusion paragraph.
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