A claim is a type of argumentative thesis – we usually call it a claim when it is being used in a persuasive essay. Claims need to be defended by you with logical, persuasive reasoning. Claims can also be challenged.

The most common types of claims are

  • claims of policy (we must do something!),
  • claims of value (this is good! or this is bad!),
  • claims of definition (this is what it is)
  • claims of cause/effect (X has caused Y or X will cause Y)



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