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Identifying Claims Discussion

Identifying Claims Discussion

For your Initial Post due by Friday at 11:59 PM:(due sep 17)

  • Choose one of the videos from LECTURE: Course Theme – Borders and summarize its main claim in 350-500 words. Include the following:
    • Identify the main claim.
    • Identify the main claim as a claim of policy, fact, or value.
    • Explain why you believe the claim is one of policy, fact, or value.
    • You may also comment on whether or not you personally agree with the claim.

For your Response to at least 1 classmate due by Sunday at 11:59 PM:(due sep19)

  • Address the following topics in your response of at least 250-300 words:
    • Compose a counterargument to your classmate’s summary.
    • Provide some reasons for your counterargument.

Phrases to help you

Claims of Policy

  • We should _____________.
  • We ought to _____________.
  • We must _____________.
  • Let’s _____________.
  • The best course is _____________.
  • The solution is to _____________.
  • The next step should be _____________.
  • We should consider _____________.
  • Further research should be done to determine _____________.

Claims of Fact

  • Research suggests that _____________.
  • The data indicate that _____________.
  • _____________is increasing or decreasing.
  • There is a trend toward _____________.
  • _____________causes _____________
  • _____________leads to _____________.

Claims of Value

  • _____________is terrible/disappointing/underwhelming.
  • _____________is mediocre/average/decent/acceptable.
  • We should celebrate _____________.
  • _____________is great, wonderful, fantastic, impressive, makes a substantial contribution to _____________.
  • _____________is the best _____________.
  • _____________is the worst _____________.
  • _____________is better than _____________.
  • _____________is worse than _____________.
  • _____________is just as good as _____________.
  • _____________is just as bad as _____________

Phrases that signal that one idea is supposed to lead to another. 

  • Because_____________, _____________.
  • Because of this, _____________.
  • If_____________, then _____________.
  • Since_____________, _____________.
  • For this reason,_____________.
  • We can conclude_____________.
  • Therefore, _____________.
  • So_____________.
  • Consequently, _____________.
  • As a result, _____________.
  • Hence_____________.
  • Thus_____________.
  • It follows that _____________.