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Transcript of Explaining Evidence
Primary - first, original (ex. original documents, photographs, interviews)
Secondary - information that's already been processed (ex. collection of essays)
Making it CLEAR
Spell out connections - make no assumptions about the reader
Ask questions about your explanations
1. Why am I making this point?
2. Why is this information/evidence important?
3. How is this related to my thesis?
4. Can I give an example to illustrate this point?
How do I use the evidence?
Inserting evidence and using it
1. Insert a topic sentence
2. Explain your topic sentence
Introduce your evidence
4. Insert your evidence
5. Unpack your evidence (explain what the evidence means and why it's important to your argument)
6. Explain your evidence
7. Insert a concluding sentence - this should reassert how your paragraph contributes to the development of your argument
Using your Sources to Explain
Evidence is always FOR or AGAINST something
YOU need to be the one to MAKE THE LINK CLEAR
Introduce evidence with these word examples:
"asserts" "believes" "claims" "comments" "confirms" "declares" "defines" "describes" "explains" "indicates" "makes clear"
Explain the connection between your claim and the evidence
Citations present, but don't overload
1. Highlight topic sentences
2. Highlight evidence
3. Highlight analysis of evidence