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How to Find the Author's Claim

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Maurice Pendleton

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of How to Find the Author's Claim

Identifying the Claim in an Argument Step 1: Understanding what the author/writer is trying to say.
In this particular text, the claim is curfews are effective for teens.
The identification of this claim was made possible only because of the steps taken to evaluate it. THE CLAIM Understand what your article is about Step 2: Look for evidence in the text Step 3: Understand the writer's purpose Step 4: Be able to identify any fallacies and rhetoric styles the writer uses You have to know what you're reading about. In this particular text, It is about the benefits of giving your teen a curfew. Evidence found in text give hints as to what the writer is trying to prove. Facts, statistics, and anecdotes are examples of evidence. In this particular article, the evidence given are the reasons why teens should have curfews. You must know what the writer's main intent is, in order to find the claim. In this article, the writer's purpose is to persuade the reader into giving their teen a curfew. Once you know what kind of rhetoric style the writer uses and what fallacies are recognized in the text, identifying the claim becomes easier. The rhetoric style of this article is ethos and the fallacy that was found happened to be circular reasoning. Keeping track of time, being less sleep deprived, and following a schedule are all restated numerous times in the text, making the credibility of the article questionable, but still reasonable.
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