Paragraph Structure. An Assertion must: Indicate the specific topic you are going to discuss (What an author is doing ) Indicate what your observation or conclusion about the topic is . All paragraphs must contain an assertion.
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Nancy Mairs is disabled, which establishes her ethos for her essay.
She tells us she is disabled when she says “I am a forty-three year old woman crippled with MS.”
Her use of the word “crippled” reminds us that she is disabled, which is the topic of her essay.