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It may be helpful to think of your claims as mini arguments that support the paper’s main argument or thesis.
Just as in the thesis statement, your topic sentences should be debatable.
You should be able to follow the development of the paper’s thesis by reading only the claim sentences.
These should tell you the main points that you are making throughout the paper.
Avoid just "retelling" the information from a single author or article. This way, you’re not just telling the reader what one expert says, but you’re explaining how your claim is supported by research from several experts in your field.
Here are some examples of weak and strong evidence sections: Evidence that includes information from one source (weak evidence): According to Collins, soy milk has more protein than cow’s milk, and doesn’t contain the saturated fat or cholesterol (1).
When you make a claim based on a fact or event in your topic sentence, you aren’t presenting an arguable claim that you can back up with your evidence in that paragraph.
Here are some sample claims for the "health benefits of soy" paragraph: To evaluate whether your paper contains effective claims in each paragraph, read only the first sentence of each paragraph.
Each paragraph should discuss one major point or idea.
An effective paragraph has three parts: claim, evidence, and analysis. This will be your way of announcing the main focus of your paragraph; it should tell the reader what your paragraph will be about.