Main Objective: Understanding how big reasons are supported by detailed evidence.

Join the class to watch a video on Claims, Reasons and Examples (Developing and Argument):

An Explanation: Big Reasons with Supporting Evidence

When an author develops an argument, they usually give you big reasons why something is true, backed up by supporting evidence. (Supporting evidence can include statistics, examples, and expert testimony).


Standardized tests measure only a small portion of what makes education meaningful. According to late education researcher Gerald W. Bracey, PhD, qualities that standardized tests cannot measure include “creativity, critical thinking, resilience, motivation, persistence, curiosity, endurance, reliability, enthusiasm, empathy, self-awareness, self-discipline, leadership, civic-mindedness, courage, compassion, resourcefulness, sense of beauty, sense of wonder, honesty, integrity.”

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Mapping Slavery (Pic): Create a map of today’s article on child slavery. Make sure to quote the thesis, to show each big reason, and to quote the evidence.


Evaluating the Argument (JF 500+): Which of the author’s arguments (big reasons) is most powerful and persuasive — justify your answer with reasons and examples!

The Ending (JF 400+): Does this article end with a powerful call for the reader to take action? Many essays (and editorials and opinion pieces and speeches) end by calling the reader to take action.