Why Every Claim Statement Needs a Caterpillar

CLAIM-TERPILLAR CLAIM STATEMENT WRITING WORKSHOP

This post is a review of our in-class claim workshop, part 2!  We are currently working on our Argumentative Essays using the anchor text, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.

Check out the essay packet I hand out to students here: adv-my-first-arg-essay

Here is a PDF of the CLAIM-TERPILLAR in case anyone is interested in using this idea: claim-terpillar-claim-statement

After doing some reflection over break, I got to thinking...how can my students remember the setup for the claim and the punctuation? CLAIM-TERPILLARS OF COURSE! Here are the parts of the CLAIM-TERPILLAR:

Here is my original idea sketched out:

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  1. Topic and position=head (most important)
  2. Reasons make up the body (3 total)
  3. Legs are commas...after reason 1 and 2
  4. "And" is before reason 3
  5. After reason 3 is a period...or poop...however you look at it, don't forget that end punctuation!

Students will receive these back tomorrow with feedback. Here are some great examples from class:

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