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What is the difference between a claim and a thesis statement?

Sep 24, 2013 9:36pm

  • 6-8
  • Common Core


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    • Oct 6, 2013 10:51pm

      A thesis is a summary statement of your position, and the claim or claims is/are the sub-element(s) or argument(s) that you are trying to prove. Your statement may have any number of claims which you try to substantiate or prove in your paper.

      • Oct 1, 2013 12:20pm

        I would agree with Kimberly, that a thesis statement makes a specific claim, that hopefully will be supported throughout the text by providing evidence and debating counter-evidence.

        Hope this helps!

        • Oct 9, 2013 6:03am

          I can understand how students might be confused about this, since if you asked a few teachers, and each one had their own opinion about this. We actually never deviate from what our established textbooks from NCTE, and NEA say about writing, which only becomes problematic if a teacher says I think it is "this", even though the book says it is "that." The best policy on anything, even when it comes to citations, is to remain consistent.

          • Feb 18, 2018 3:17pm

            A claim is a sentence that is a strong opinion or suggestion. A thesis statement can be proved. A sentence that starts with "This paragraph will explain" or a similar starting and has a claim after it, is a weak claim.