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Authors Argument7th Language Arts
Authors Argument Guided Notes
Authors Argument Guided Notes
The purpose of an ___________ is to _________ others to share your _______ on a topic. In order for an argument to be effective, you must have a clear thesis statement and supporting details that are __________ (enough), __________(correct), and ____________ (useful).
Clues to find the authors argument (thesis statement):
1.First, what is the __________ or __________ the author is talking about?
2.Second, what is the authors ___________ (opinion) on this issue or topic?
3.Lastly, __________ does he or she state that viewpoint?
Support for the Authors Argument
Support is a series of ___________ that persuades readers to accept the thesis.
Formula: __________ + ________ pieces of support = an ___________ argument
Ways to Support an Argument
______ Statements that can be checked for accuracy. Example, Schools in the Vail District are labeled as excelling.
_____________ Numerical data used to support an argument. Example, 95% of students who studied for the test for at least two hours scored an A.
_________________ A story or example that proves the point you want to make. These stories may come from a book, magazine, newspaper, your
own life, the life of someone you know, or something you overhear in
4.________________________ Facts or information from an expert on the topic. For example, Dr. Jones, an expert in family therapy, reports that families who eat dinner together at least four times a week have healthier family relationships than families who dont eat dinner together at least four times a week.
Which of the following is not a clue to find the authors argument?
What is the issue or topic the author is talking about?What is the authors viewpoint on the issue/topic?How many supporting details does the author use?Where does the author state his/her viewpoint?
Thesis statement + 3 to 4 pieces of support = an effective argumentTrueFalse
To support the authors argument, what are the three A requirements for supporting details? Supporting details must be...adequate, adjustable, abstractaccurate, active, absurdadequate, accurate, applicableapplicable, adverse, average
Facts, statistics, anecdotal support, and expert testimony are ways to support an argument. TrueFalse
I Am a Native of North America
by Chief Dan George
Authors Argument Worksheet
Authors argument (opinion) ___________________________________________________
1. Supporting detail______________________________________
2. Supporting detail_____________________________________ ____________________________________________________
3. Supporting detail_____________________________________ ____________________________________________________
4. Supporting detail_____________________________________ ____________________________________________________
5. Supporting detail_____________________________________ ____________________________________________________
I Am a Native of North AmericaAuthors Argument Worksheet
Title I Am a Native of North America
Authors argument (opinion)
Native Americans have important values to offer their American brothers.
1. Supporting detail Living together teaches people to serve, respect, and accept one another.
2. Supporting detail They had a deep respect for nature (earth, animals) because it was a gift from the Great Spirit.
3. Supporting detail They loved each other. Man must love all creation or he will have none of it.
4.Supporting detail They prize friendship and companionship, not privacy.
5.Supporting detail His people share their possessions, not hoard them.
What is Chief Dan Georges argument In I Am a Native of North America?Native Americans do not prize the hoarding of private possessions. Native Americans prize friendship and companionship.Native Americans have important values to offer their American brothers.Native Americans have little to offer their American brothers.
What Details Does George Use To Support His Argument?Native Americans lived in small communal houses and learned to serve, respect and accept others. Americans live in much larger homes and do not know or care about their neighbors.Americans blot nature from their cities, throw poison in the waters, and choke the air with fumes. Native Americans have a deep respect for nature and see the Earth and all it contains as a gift from the Great Spirit. Native Americans prize friendship and companionship, not privacy. Privacy builds walls and promotes distrust. All of the above
What Types Of Supporting Details Does Chief Dan George Use To Support His Argument?factsanecdotal supportexpert testimonyall of the above
What detail does the author not use to describe the communal houses that he grew up in?contained sleeping apartments separated by blanketscontained an open fire in the middle for all to cook atseveral families lived in these dwellingsthe houses were small
Letter to Supermart
November 19, 2004
11324 E. Maple Street
Peoria, AZ 85307
Dear Mr. King:
Your grocery store is outstanding in many ways. I enjoy the selection of produce and fresh bakery items. I have been a long time Supermart shopper and hope to continue for many years. I have found, however, that I must make a separate shopping trip to one of your competitors because there are many items your store does not carry. This becomes inconvenient for me, as my time is valuable, and I do not like to make two trips. Your low prices and excellent customer service keep me coming back to Supermart, but I would be a more satisfied customer if I could find all the items I need in one place.
Specifically, I have never been able to purchase nacho cheese soup at your store. I can find other flavors of soup, but your store does not carry nacho cheese soup, a common ingredient in many of my casserole recipes. In addition, I can only find large wonton wrappers, while many other stores carry both large and small and offer a more varied selection for their customers. Another example is Regent Brand Chili Seasoning. Though it is not a leading brand, it is still common on the shelves of other grocery stores in this area and is superior to its peers.
I sincerely hope to continue a relationship with your store, and I hope that you will consider the possibility of expanding your inventory to be more competitive.
1.According to the letter, which of the following will the writer most likely do?
A. wait for a response
B. find another place to shop
C. shop for bakery items only
D. recommend the store to friends
2.In the passage, which of the following is an example of a fact?
A. I have never been able to purchase nacho cheese soup at your store.
B. Your grocery store is outstanding in many ways.
C. Regent Brand Chili Seasoning is superior in flavor to its peers.
D. My time is valuable.
3.In this passage, which of the following is not an example of the letter writers purpose for writing the letter?
A. to ask for a special seasoning
B. to request a price reduction
C. to identify concerns
D. to compliment the store
4.In this passage, which of the following details supports the authors argument?
A. There are many items your store does not carry.
B. I sincerely hope to continue a relationship with your store.
C. I enjoy the selection of produce and fresh bakery items.
D. Your low prices and excellent customer service keep me coming back.
5.What does the author want the reader to do?
A. stock the items he finds at other stores
B. match his competitors prices
C. increase the selection in the bakery
D. sell fresher produce
According to the letter, which of the following will the author most likely do?wait for a responsefind another place to shopshop for bakery items onlyrecommend the store to friends
In the passage, which of the following is an example of a fact?I have never been able to purchase nacho cheese soup at your store. Your grocery store is outstanding in many ways.Regent Brand Chili Seasoning is superior in flavor to its peers.My time is valuable.
In this passage, which of the following is not an example of the letter writers purpose for writing the letter?to ask for a special seasoningto request a price reductionto identify concernsto compliment the store
In this passage, which of the following details supports the authors argument?There are many items your store does not carry.I sincerely hope to continue a relationship with your store.I enjoy the selection of produce and fresh bakery items. Your low prices and excellent customer service keep me coming back.
What does the author want the reader to do?stock the items he finds at other storesmatch the competitors pricesincrease the selection in the bakerysell fresher produce
MIrror, MIrror, on the Wall, Do I See Myself As Others Do?by Joan Burditt
Mirror, Mirror... Worksheet