Writing a Claim

Writing Using C.S.Q.T. Format

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Essential Question:

  • What is a claim?

  • How can I tell if I've written a good claim?


  • The claim is the answer to the question.

  • It is what you will try to prove through your answer.

  • In a one-paragraph answer, the claim is your topic sentence.

Tips for Writing a Good Claim:

  • It must be a full sentence.

  • It must directly answer the question.

  • You might want to use part of the question in starting your claim.

Example # 1:

  • Question: Why do families choose to cyber school their teens?

  • Claim: Many families choose to cyber school their teens because of the flexibility it provides.

The claim answers the question and shows what I will prove in my paragraph.

Example #2:

What’s dressed in all black, practices stealth, and is a master of espionage, sabotage, and assassination? You guessed it: it’s a ninja! Perhaps the only thing more elusive than a ninja is the source of the word ninja. In China ninja are more often referred to as shinobi. The Chinese word shinobi, short for shinobi-no-mono, means “to steal away.” The word shinobi appears in Chinese poems as far back as the eighth century. So how did this word become ninja? Some believe that during the Edo period in Japan, the word shinobi-no-mono was appropriated and transformed to the very similar word ninja. This probably happened because it was a lot quicker and easier to just say ninja. It is difficult to see how such a transformation could have occurred when we look at the words using our alphabet, but if you look at the kanji representing these words, it may make more sense to you. This is how you write shinobi-no-mono in Chinese: ___. And this is how you write ninja: ___. Now do you see the similarities?

Question: Where does the word "ninja" come from?

Claim: The word "ninja" comes from the Chinese word "shinobi.

Example #3:

The image of the ninja wearing all black is a popular one indeed, but there is really no evidence that ninjas ever wore such a costume. In fact, it is much more likely that ninjas dressed as regular civilians, which would have been far more effective camouflage in most situations than an all black suit. The use of disguises amongst ninja is common and well-documented. Ninja often dressed as monks, entertainers, fortune-tellers, merchants, or farmers. Each of these disguises carried advantages that dressing in all black did not. Dressed as monks, ninjas could conceal weapons in their robes. Dressed as entertainers, they could spy in enemy buildings without arousing suspicion. Dressed as fortune-tellers, they could extract information from unknowing targets. Dressed as merchants, they could travel freely across enemy borders. And while dressed as farmers, ninja carried simple gardening tools (such as sickles or trowels) and used them as deadly weaponry. In this way if a ninja were caught by authorities, he could claim that his deadly apparatus were tools, not weapons. Though they may not have been wearing all black stealth suits, ninjas were always well-disguised.

Question: How did "ninjas" dress?

Claim: Ninjas were well known for dressing in disguises.

Directions: In today's lesson question, you will need to identify which sentence is the claim.