Manifest Destiny and Imperial Conquest:

The Claim
Claims are "debatable and controversial statements or assertions you hope to prove" (182). Since claims are assertive statements, they should not be in the form of a question (183). Many times a claim is strengthened by including a qualifier. Qualifiers are ways of limiting the scope of your argument, making it more appealing to a larger audience. Qualifiers may simply be the addition of a word or phrase, such as "usually, sometimes, in many cases".

-Lunsford, Andrea A., and John J. Ruszkiewicz. Everything's an Argument. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013. Print.

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  • So....What is Dr. Munoz's claim?

Analyzing Dr. Munoz's claim:

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Take out a sheet of paper and write two-three topic sentences that you could use for the introduction paragraph of your essay for the next exam.