MTM Writing Clinic
Evidence V. Claims
Paragraphs are comprised primarily of claims and evidence. As you build your essay, it is essential that you recognize the distinction between the two.
Claims are statements which support you topic sentence, and ultimately, your thesis. Most often they are conclusions, or deductions, that you have drawn based on your research. While claims are vital in expressing your intent to your audience, they cannot stand alone.
Claims should always be supported by multiple pieces of evidence. Evidence, whether textual, anecdotal, or statistical, is a fact which supports your claim.
As you build your paragraphs, be mindful of the differences, and be sure to present your own ideas as claims, and those facts which you gather from outside sources as evidence.