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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Assertion is another term for Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement.
Nancy Mairs is disabled, which establishes her ethos for her essay.
Examples come from the text
She tells us she is disabled when she says “I am a forty-three year old woman crippled with MS.”
Commentary may be called analysis or explanation
Commentary reveals the effect of the author’s choice
Her use of the word “crippled” reminds us that she is disabled, which is the topic of her essay.