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Claims, Data, Commentary:

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Transcript of Claims, Data, Commentary:

Claims, Data, Commentary:
The Three Steps to Critical Paragraphs

Claims
Begin your paragraph with a claim.
Data
Support your claim with examples from the text.
Commentary
We must always add commentary to our data to explain its significance to the claim. A paraphrase or a quotation should never stand alone. Always add at least two sentences to each data.
To Sum Up.
Critical/analytical paragraphs are the building blocks of a solid critical essay. Paragraphs must have three elements:
A persuasive claim
Data
Commentary.
Make it persuasive
The plot of "The Minister's Black Veil" is much more engaging than the plot of "Rip Van Winkle."
Two kinds of data:
Paraphrases
Direct Quotations
Paraphrasing
We paraphrase or put into our own words those events or details that help to support the claim. We also include parenthetical documentation--(page numbers) that tell where we got the material.
Direct Quotations
Most of the time we paraphrase, but sometimes we use direct quotations, when the exact words of the author are especially important or when we want to create some variety in our data. These too much be (documented).
Now Let's Practice!
Ready, set, go!
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