|Crafting your Argument|
Making an Argument: Claims and Evidence Worksheets
The graphic organizers map out the argument and the claims they will develop with evidence through their project. By noting the evidence gathered, students can also see where they need to build-up more sources to support their case.
The first section asks students to write a 1-2 sentence thesis statement; a thesis checklist helps students self-assess whether their statement meets the standards of a strong thesis. The second section asks students to develop their argument with 3-5 claims that support the thesis and to provide evidence for each claim. The claims are broken into sections for context and background, what happened, impact, significance, and conclusion.