Claim Worksheet


Author's Name:
Reader's Name:
Read the essay without writing anything. Fill in the boxes on the attached page. Then answer these questions about the essay. Please do not write on the essay itself.

1. Is it surprising? _____ If not, why does it seem familiar? Do you recognize the idea from our discussions? from readings? Which one?______________________________________

2. Is it debatable? ______ Who would disagree? (Name one or more of the authors we've read, or a group of people, or a member of our class.) ___________________ What claims would they make instead?_________________________________________________________

3. Is it provable? _______ If so, what's the best piece of evidence the writer used in the essay? _____________________________________________________________________