Writers develop strong claims by analyzing evidence, and often turn their attention back and forth between the analysis and the claim as they rework their thoughts on the evidence. Only after analyzing the evidence can a writer produce a strong claim.A strong claim is
- debatable; potential counterarguments exist.
- specific; it uses key terms and strong verbs to offer a viewpoint on a narrowly defined subject.
- insightful; it offers new, unexpected, or not-so-obvious ways of seeing or understanding a subject; it goes beyond common interpretations.
- supportable; it comes from and is supported by analysis of relevant evidence.q