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Student E had to write a persuasive essay about the effects of television on young kids. Which of the following is an example of a claim the student might make to support their argument?
Some television shows may have a negative effect on young children.
“Yu-Gi-Oh!” is the best show on television.
Television shows should be more educational for adults.
I enjoy watching television after school.
A Claim is...
A statement that is said to be true but is actually false
A quote that someone says
A statement of opinion that needs to be proven in order to show that it is true
A statement that is a fact
Student C had to write and give a persuasive speech on the topic of wars in our world.
Which of the following is an example of an applicable claim the student might make in their speech?
Wars require resources such as weapons
There have been many wars in history that have caused both military and civilian deaths.
The U.S. is currently involved in multiple wars around the world, including in Sudan, Pakistan, and Iraq.
Wars cause emotional and physical destruction to both sides.
Student A had to write a persuasive essay about the use of computers for school/homework. Which of the following is an example of a claim the student might make?
Some students use computers to do their homework.
Computers are a technological tool.
Microsoft computers are used by some students to do their homework.
Computers are the most effective way for students to do homework.
What is the most appropriate call to action for a student’s persuasive essay entitled “Unhealthy Eating Habits are Negatively Affecting Teens in School”?
As students, we need to protest against vending machines, stop buying unhealthy school lunch options, and instead demand more fruits and vegetables in our lunches.
If we don’t change the way we eat, we will be paying for it in increased medical bills in the future.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years
Teachers should teach us more about healthy eating and exercising habits
True or False: The only writing with an argument is persuasive
How are facts primarily used in essays?
to connect with the audience
to provide an opposing view
to support an author’s claim
to give the author credibility
Which of the following is an example of a fact?
It can take several weeks to collect the sap, but it is worth it.
Everyone in Vermont puts maple syrup in their coffee.
Maple syrup is a delicious alternative to cane sugar in baking.
Maple sap is a liquid that is boiled down to create maple syrup.
Which of the following is the best example of an opinion?
MKMS opened its door 2015!
Mrs. Garcia is the coolest ELAR teacher on the planet!
Kayaking involves using core muscles to paddle.
The black marlin is the fastest sea animal.
What is the primary purpose of a quotation in an essay?
to analyze specific data
to present another’s viewpoint
to explain a complicated issue
to layout a descriptive narrative
Bias (having bias or being biased) is a term that describes a prejudice someone has in favor of or against something.
For example, I may tell you, “it is a fact that Mastiffs are the cutest dogs in the world,” but I am biased because I have one, and this is really just my opinion. I may also say, “The Anaheim Ducks are the worst hockey team in the NHL,” even if the Ducks have the best record in the league. I am biased because I am a fan of their rival, the San Jose Sharks.
Which one of the following types of evidence would likely show bias? Select all that apply.
A cartoon depicting a political candidate as a witch stealing Halloween candy from children is likely an example of:
Read the fact: “There are over 4,200 religions in the world.” Which argument does this fact best support?
Everyone is a member of some kind of religion.
Religion is important to many people.
Everyone should respect people of other religions.
Religion is often overlooked in America.
Can writers’ use personal experience as evidence?
Yes, but only if they are a well-know expert in the field of the related topic.
Yes, if it is appropriate and it is not the only form of evidence offered.
No, because other forms of evidence are more appealing to a reader.
No, because it is not appropriate for writers to reveal their beliefs.
Which of the following statements about evidence is true?
Writers can create strong evidence based two or more pieces of weak evidence.
Writers should use only one piece of evidence if the evidence is strong.
Writers should choose two pieces of weak evidence over one piece of strong evidence.
Writers should use multiple pieces of strong evidence and minimal pieces of weak evidence.