Main Claims and Because Clauses

Now that you are done with the majority of your research, you should be able to provide at least 3 answers to your research question–and you should have sources that support each of these answers.

Each of the 3 or more answers to your research question will become a subclaim/reason in your argument, and the overall answer to your research question IS your main claim.

In many ways, your main claim is the most important sentence in your entire project.  Your main claim serves two purposes:

    1. to articulate your stance on your argument
    2. to provide your reader with a map of the project, letting the reader know the order of the main points to the argument

Your main claim should be the last sentence of your introduction. Most of the time, your main claim should be one very clear and in-depth sentence; however, for especially complex main claims, two sentences is fine.

Below, you will find two examples written by my former students of a “Main Claim with Because Clauses.”

By writing your main claim and because clauses, you create a general outline for your argument.

Nicole’s Main Claim and Because Clauses:
Corn derivatives such as fructose and high fructose corn syrup have negatively affected the health of American people because:
    1. Fructose and high fructose corn syrup decrease satiety causing weight gain which causes many other serious health problems.
    2. The weight gained from fructose and high fructose corn syrup  increases the risk of cardiovascular disease
    3. Individuals can develop insulin resistance leading to type II diabetes.
    4. Consumption of fructose and high fructose corn syrup causes decreased long term memory retention and the possibility of developing dementia.
Mary’s Main Claim and  Because Clauses:
Storm chasers who follow tornados have played an integral role in tornado forecasting and early warning systems because:
      1. They provide “in the field”  scientific tornado and storm readings to the National Weather Service.
      2. They work hand-in-hand with local emergency management officials to convey real-time “ground-truth” information to the public.
      3. They gather scientific data from within the storms to create new computer forecasting models and contribute to our understanding of the weather.
      4. They maximize safety precautions and act as responsibly as possible so that they main remain integral in providing information and warning to the public.

Now it is time to write your own main claim and because clauses!

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UNIV 200: Inquiry and the Craft of Argument, 006

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