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How to Find the Author's Claim

ELA-6th Grade

Aren Capps

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of How to Find the Author's Claim

Identifying the Claim in an Article
Step 1:
What the author/writer is trying to say or a point/idea the author is trying to prove.

To be most effective, the author needs to support the claim with evidence to try to prove it.
Understand purpose for reading
Step 2:
Identify the Author's Claim(s)
Step 3:
Look for Evidence that supports the claim
Step 4:
Write about author's claim & evidence effectiveness
You have to know why you are reading - what is the purpose?

Try to find what idea the author is trying to get across.

Read through the article first.
After reading passage through once, number the paragraphs, then re-read it & underline the author's claim(s).

What is the the idea the author is trying to prove?

Evidence provides support for what the writer is trying to prove. Facts, statistics, and relevant anecdotes (a.k.a. stories) are examples of evidence.

Circle/highlight information, terms, dates, statistics and names of people who are essential to the argument and/or provide support for the claim, including opposing point of view.
Marking the Text
Including article author's name. Write about the claim and evidence. Explain each piece of evidence & include how effective the author supports the claim

Is the supporting evidence effective?
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