Reading Comprehension 8.2.2: Analyze text that uses proposition and support patterns.
proposition: an important claim or opinion that the author presents. support: the information the author uses to back up this proposition.
The support helps the writer make his or her case. Support can take the form of… Facts Statistics Examples Details Reasons Expert opinions Anecdotes
Strong Evidence for the opinion that: Sixteen-year-olds have the ability to make informed choices. A fact from a university about the comprehension abilities of a 16-year-0ld. A quote from an organization of school principals that what students learn in government courses enables them to make reasoned choices. An anecdote about 16-year-olds working for political candidates. An example of a 16-year-old student’s analysis of the last presidential election.
Weak Evidence for the opinion that: Sixteen-year-olds have the ability to make informed choices. A fact that 16-year-olds are allowed to drive in some states. A quote by a teacher about how smart 16- year-olds are. An anecdote about an adult who went to the voting booth and didn’t know who to vote for. An example of a 16-year-old student who can name all the American presidents.