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English i c p

English I C.P.

Thesis Statements/Claims

You be the judge
You be the Judge…


  • Think of yourself as a member of a jury, listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have read too far, they want to know what the essay argues as well as how the writer plans to make the argument.

The reader


The Reader

  • After reading a claim, a reader should have a thought along the lines of…

    "This essay is going to try to convince me of something. I'm not convinced yet, but I'm interested to see how I might be!"

Developed claim
Developed Claim


What you plan

to argue

Preview how you plan to argue.

What a Claim is NOT…

  • A claim is never a question

  • A claim should never be vague, combative or confrontational.

  • An effective claim has a definable, arguable statement.

  • A claim should be as clear and specific as possible.

What a Claim is…

Components of a claim
Components of a Claim


  • Your claim must have the following:

  • Title and author of novel/text

  • Arguable statement; take a stance!

  • Three different (cannot repeat) reasons/prongs supporting your stance

Where does a claim go
Where does a Claim go?


  • A claim is the last sentence of your introduction paragraph

  • A claim needs to be arguable. Someone should be able to go against what you are claiming!

  • A claim has three prongs or reasons supporting the statement

Is it a claim

Is it a CLAIM?


“The twin towers collapsed in NYC because of America’s stupidity and lack of preparedness.”

A claim should never be vague, combative, and does not provide three reasons/prongs.

Is it a claim1

Is it a CLAIM?


"While many forces contributed to the collapse of the twin towers in NYC, our lack of airport security, non existent homeland security, and emergency non-preparedness played the key roles in the loss of thousands of lives."

An effective claim has a definable, arguable claim with three prongs/reasons.

Is it a claim2
Is it a CLAIM? confrontational.


In the short story “Black Boy” Richard Wright is an amazing character."

A claim should be as clear and specific as possible with the author listed and three reasons/prongs provided.

Is this an effective claim
Is this an effective CLAIM? confrontational.


In the short story “Thank You, Ma’m,” the older woman is nice because she helps the boy.”

A claim should be as clear and specific as possible with the author listed and three reasons/prongs provided.

Is this an effective claim1

Is this an effective CLAIM?


“In the short story, “Black Boy” by Richard Wright, Richard learns the value of defending himself when he bravely walks to the grocery store, stands his ground while the bullies threaten him and eventually beats up the group of boys that stole his money.”

An effective claim has the title/author listed, an arguable statement, and three reasons/prongs.

Create your own claim
Create Your Own Claim confrontational.


  • In the novel Of Beetles and Angels by MawiAsgedom, was it a good idea for Mawi and his family to immigrate to America?


  • Title/Author Listed

  • Arguable Statement

  • Three Prongs/Reasons