It's time to put your claims out there!

  • So, what is being asked of you in Project #3 - Multimodal Argument?
    • According to Dr. Carstensen's syllabus, " For the final project, you will use your extensive research from project #2 to join the social and rhetorical conversation on this issue, and to engage in threshold #3 (all writing is multimodal): You will ultimately show how the issue you chose in project two continues to make an impact on communities and connects to a wider historical scope. You will discuss the multiple voices, define the major arguments, contentions, agreements, and complications and then intervene with your own informed opinion and potential solution(s)."
    • In sum, You are joining an ongoing conversation about an important issue in late American history. Based on the research you conducted for Project 2, take a stand on a key aspect of this topic. Consider how your argument provides a unique and fresh contribution to this ongoing conversation about this issue, topic. Prove your thesis by constructing a well organized argument using the Symposium and Essay Planning Guide.

To help you to expand on your knowledge on your topic and to develop your stance, it's Round Robin Time!

Some things to consider as you develop your essay's claim/thesis statement:

Blowout! Text example... (ex: " Sal Castro can be seen as an educational muckraker who exposed the underside of public education. Castro provided a voice for his Chicano students through his role as a teacher and educational leader .")

  • Claims/Thesis statements must be specific and debatable. Think: If someone read your claim, how could they potentially disagree/debate with you over the topic?
    • Writers can think of their claim as a short summary of their entire essay—a summary that accounts for their position and their support for that position. In this way, a claim serves as the essay’s road map, as something that can help guide the reader through the essay.