A History Fair Argument is Composed of the Thesis, Claims, Evidence
Crafting Your Argument Exercise
This basic exercise may help students begin to sort through their knowledge about their subject to identify the most important points their thesis should address. Although the final thesis will remove the first-person language like “I want to convince you that…”, many students will benefit from writing prompts that encourage them to think about their audience, their evidence and logic, and the long-term significance of their topic.
Dear Audience: I want to convince you that…
The main reasons you should believe me are…
(summary of your evidence and logic)
You should care about my thesis because…
(Consequences: why is it significant, what “lessons” are learned, so what?)