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There are different ways of arguing, the specific two are how they function (the works), and or they are formed (structure)

Claim- a debatable statement. (ex: In a argument your thesis statement is your main claim.)

Support- the why of the claim. (The because, the reason.) - Also known as data.

Linkage- what connects both the claim & support.

Catalyst- a gap or imperfection, an unknown answer, a debatable unsolved problem from the writer/author.

All arguments begin with a question or uncertainty (debatable) and all tend to arrive at a conclusion of a one-sided opinion enhanced with evidence.

How De We Build Arguments?

Thesis (Main Claim)- a debatable or controversial idea that's proposed to an audience)

Supporting Claims - claims are controversial or open to question, so they are paired with some kind of support that can be trusted

Linkage - an explanation of how a support holds up a claim

Implications - the consequences, effects, or larger significance of an argument


Evidence - includes anything observable (primary source; something you can collect and analyze yourself)4

Verification - Where someone has already done the research and provides more of an evidence. (secondary source**)

Illustrations - involve things imaginable (original source; one you create or borrow for the argument)

  • Effective arguments always build on some basis of acceptance or agreement
  • Assumptions make up bulk of the total argument
  • Arguments that anticipate disconnec
  • Increased controversy requires increased explanation

To have a good argument you should…:

  • Read more into the argument
  • Be obvious about your argument
  • Ask an expert/someone that a has more of an insight of the argument
  • Highlight you argument
  • Consult a reader and how they may like to see the argument
  • Supporting without arguing
  • Use topic sentences, something that may catch a readers attention
  • Search for evidence that relate to argument and be sure to emphasize your main claim.

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