Your Thesis and Claims - Bradley University

Most often, each paragraph is a microargument. On rare occasions, paragraphs will containmultiple microarguments. More often sufficient bulk of explanation may be required or severalproofs may be offered so that a single microargument will take more than one paragraph. In thelatter case, make certain the clinch ties the paragraphs in question together back to the claim. Also, in the latter case, there may be an extra element in the argument - the forecast, ametastatement that explains what you will do to prove the argument and how it will be organized.

Microargument is the smallest unit of proof - the individual claim and the data that support it.

Claims of cause and effect: These claims argue that one person, thing, or event caused another thing or event to occur. Example:


This is a good start and makes clear the claim part of your thesis.

These are NOT THE CLAIMS THE AUTHOR MAKES. These are claims you make about the reading after reading it:

i need to know this for my Persuade essay. my teacher says she wants Thesis Sentence, Claim, and the Articles by tomorrow and i haev no idea what's the difference between thesis sentence and the claim. can someone help me?


Next, a reminder about claims. At the bottom of this page, note that this assignment is different than the initial assignments about thesis and claims.There are sometimes implied claims of fact and value lurking inside claims of policy. For example:
"Since smoking is bad for the health of the smoker and imposes 2nd hand smoke risks to others, smoking on campus should be banned."
Here, the policy claim is that "smoking on campus should be banned" (and that IS, ultimately, what we will decide). However, during the argument we will probably debate the fact claims ("smoking is bad for the smoker," "second hand smoke is bad for others") as well as the value claims ("it's better to protect the general health of people on campus than to protect their personal rights and freedoms"--in this case, the right to partake in a legal activity, smoking). Neither of these subclaims DIRECTLY addresss the policy claim "smoking on campus should be banned" although establishing both the fact and value subclaims can help substantiate the policy claim.