Assignment: Supporting Claims

Return to your reading selection and the Try It: Thesis exercise you did previously. As part of that exercise, you identified 2 topic sentences from your selected reading.

Now, look more closely at the paragraphs where those 2 topic sentences came from.

  1. Write a paragraph that identifies the type of support that each paragraph from the reading uses to reinforce each of those 2 topic sentences. Are they narrative or personal examples?  Are they facts or statistics?  Are they quotes or paraphrases from research materials?
  2. Write another paragraph that compares the effectiveness of the supporting claims of one of the selected paragraphs against the other one.  Which seems more successful in its goal?  Why do you feel that way?