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Claim, Evidence, Commentary (CEC)
Transcript of Claim, Evidence, Commentary (CEC)
What is claim, evidence, commentary?
The CEC model is a formal and analytical writing style.
The CEC model helps you write a strong point and prove it with sufficient evidence and commentary.
It can be used for answering discussion questions, open response questions, or writing formal essays.
This is the central argument or thesis to your paper. You will have one major claim in your introductory paragraph and then several smaller claims in your supporting paragraphs. Your smaller claims will break down your larger claim into more manageable chunks of information that build to prove your thesis.
A claim states your position on the issue you have chosen to write about.
Example claim: "Though they seem mere entertainment, Hollywood movies are actually responsible for reinforcing cultural stereotypes in America."
Example claim: "Hemingway explores the theme of depression in his short story "The Old Man at the Bridge".
Evidence is the information you use to support your claim. In the case of a literary essay, you will use quotes, paraphrasing, and examples from the text to support your argument.
Always make sure you cite your evidence properly by giving credit to the source and including page numbers for quotes and paraphrasing.
This information explains to the reader why and how the quotes, examples, and paraphrases that were used helps prove the claim to be true.
In the classic Grimm’s fairy tale, Cinderella, what do we know about Cinderella’s relationship with her stepmother?
Claim: Cinderella’s relationship with her stepmother was not a healthy relationship.
Evidence: “The stepmother immediately began to make the girl’s once happy life a hard and miserable one.”
Commentary: Cinderella and her stepmother did not have a healthy relationship because her stepmother began to do everything to make Cinderella’s life horrible and that does not indicate a good relationship.