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Making an Argument. Vocabulary to Know. claim. A statement of something as a fact, true, or right His claim of innocence did not have any evidence. fact. Something that actually exists, reality, truth She relied on the fact that the sun comes up each morning. opinion.

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making an argument

Making an Argument

Vocabulary to Know

claim
claim
  • A statement of something as a fact, true, or right
  • His claim of innocence did not have any evidence.
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fact
  • Something that actually exists, reality, truth
  • She relied on the fact that the sun comes up each morning.
opinion
opinion
  • A belief or judgment, a personal view, attitude, or appraisal
  • It was her opinion that peas were a terrible vegetable.
argument
argument
  • a process of reasoning; a series of reasons
    • I could not follow his argument.
  • a statement, reason, or fact for or against a point.
    • There is a strong argument in favor of that theory.
reason
reason
  • a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action
  • George gave many reasons for not doing his homework.
evidence
evidence
  • that which tends to prove or disprove something; proof
  • Susan’s flushed look was visible evidence of her fever.
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PRACTICE

Choose one of the following claims and practice making your argument:

  • Playing sports is better than playing video games.

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  • Playing video games is better than playing sports.
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PRACTICE

Choose one of the following claims and practice making your argument:

  • Reading books is better than watching TV or movies.

OR

  • Watching TV or movies is better than reading books.