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  • 1. Name ____________________________________ Date _________________________ Block ______________ A or BCheck list for an argument- Claim, Data, Warrant 1-4 paper 5-9 paperIntro- Grabber- Does the writer just restate the prompt  Restates the prompt  Engages from the start rdor does he/she engage you from the start?  Uses “I believe,” “I think,”  Uses 3 person “Personally,” “In my opinion”Intro- Thesis- Is the thesis in the last sentence of the  Thesis is missing  Thesis clearly states a sidefirst paragraph? Highlight it. Does the thesis provide a  Thesis is confusing.  Gives the reader specificclaim? Does the thesis give the specific evidence why  Straddles both sides of the claims to support the writer’sthe reader should believe agree with or acknowledge fence or does not take any argument.the writer’s argument? side.Body Paragraphs- The writer starts strong with the  Unsupported claims  Convincing claimsmost valid claim to prove the side or organizes the (assertions)  Accurate and appropriateparagraph least to most, spatially, compare/contrast,  Confusing or missing data dataetc. The writer cites specific text-based evidence or (evidence)  Tightly connected back toclear examples from experiences, readings or media  Missing or weak connection the claim(Keep it academic). The writer connects the evidence to the claim (warrants)  Makes a persuasive appeal-back to the claim. ethos, logos, pathosBody Paragraph #1 Body Paragraph #2 Body Paragraph #3 Body Paragraph #4C C C CD D D DW W W WD D D DW W W WD D D DW W W WConclusion- Provides an appropriate transition to wrap  Starts with “In conclusion,”  Transitions naturally fromup the argument. Restates or revisits the thesis (claim).  Rewrites the thesis body paragraphs toLeaves the reader with a call to action.  No sense of wrapping up the conclusion argument  Connects back to the thesis  Offers new information in  Reiterates -in an original the conclusion way- writer’s main points  Doesn’t leave the reader  The reader might not agree with something to think but “gets” the POV about or doStyle- Writer uses an academic language, literary andrhetorical elements, sentence variety and appropriatequote lead insConventions- Writer cites text correctly throughquotations, ellipsis or paraphrasing, few spelling orgrammatical errors, appropriate paragraphing, MLAstyle (This is adapted from the work of Stephen Toulmin and http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ans/english/mwollaeger/cdw.htm)Claims-Definition: A claim states your position on the issue you have chosen to write about.Data-Definition: the evidence, which you cite to support your claim Like a lawyer presenting evidence to a jury, you must supportyour claim with facts; an unsupported claim is merely an assertion. Data can be logical, ethical or emotional- ethos, logos, pathos.Warrant - Definition: the warrant interprets the data and shows how it supports your claim. The warrant, in other words, explainswhy the data proves the claim. In trials, lawyers for opposing sides often agree on the data but hotly dispute the warrants. (And adefense attorneys failure to offer strong warrants may result in a warrant for the defendants arrest.) A philosopher would say thatthe warrant helps to answer the question, "What else must be true for this proposition to hold?"

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