Writing Supporting Claims Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: W.8.1.B
When we are working to prove an argument, it takes the work of several supporting claims to be accepted. Most supporting claims simply lay the groundwork to have other claims provide the meat. All claims require evidence that is accessible and logical for the audience to follow. It is important to treat claims as invalid until they can be proved. These worksheets will help students learn how to identify and write their own supporting claims.
Supporting Claims Worksheets To Print:
And Why Is That? – It's rare to
find a single article that presents both sides of any topic.
War on Terror – 9/11 really
changed the way we think in the United States.
Claims – Read the passage, and think about the country, the
state, and the community in which you live.
Democracy in America
– Do you feel like his observations still apply to the America that
you live in today?
Corrupting the Youth
– In the 4th century BC, Socrates was charged with corrupting the
youth of Athens.
The Good Citizen
– Read the passage, and think about how Kennedy would have defined
a "good citizen."
Does Time Heal All
Wounds? – In Search of Lost Time. In it, he makes many observations
about the passage of time and how we experience it, such as the one
Robot World –
hat role do you think robots could or should play in our future?
What's Your Position?
– You have read several articles on the same topic. What is your
position on the topic?
The New Narrative
– Do you think that people will one day be required to study classic
video games in school as they now study the best works of literature,
film, music and art?
How to Make Sure You Support a Written Argument
Writing an argumentative text is not an easy task. Writing argumentative essays involves a lot of steps and the writer needs to ensure that each step is completed with great care. Choosing a strong topic and then building a valid argument over something about that topic is the first step to writing an argumentative text.
However, the most important element in any argumentative work is the extent of supporting material for the argument that is there in the text. A written argument is of no use for the readers if there is not enough supporting material distributed evenly throughout the text. Many students try to substantiate their argumentative text, but fail in the process. However, there are a few things to add to your written argument to make sure that you are supporting it sufficiently:
Numerical Facts and Figures
Nothing can support an argument more than proven statistics and factual figures in its support. If your argument is of such a nature that its support can be expressed quantitatively, you must add proven numerical data to support it and interest the readers. Make sure that the facts and figures you add to validate your point are correct and proven by some authentic source. It is better to cite the source for the added figures since it can give your readers a reason to believe you.
Adding examples in favor of any claim automatically makes it stronger. To make sure that your written argument is being supported, try to add one or two examples from the real world that either directly or indirectly support your argument. You can also explain how the given examples are related to the argument you have presented in your work.
In the case of writing an argument about something that is widely talked about, you can add a famous researcher's work and ideas to validate your arguments.