A claim is the main argument that you are making in your composition. It must be a statement that someone could argue with you about. When writing your essay, it can be helpful to pretend that someone is fighting against you-- or contradicting-- your claim. That way, you will find the most convincing evidence and present it in such a way that you would probably win that argument.

Here are some examples of claims:
  • Minecraft is the best video game on the market because it promotes creative thinking, allows players to build their own worlds, and provides total freedom of gameplay.
  • Freeze-pops are a better summer treat than ice cream cones because they are less messy, contain fewer calories, and can hydrate the active consumer.
  • John Green's first book, Looking for Alaska, is a stronger novel than the wildly popular The Fault in Our Stars, because its characters are more distinctive, the plot-line more unpredictable, and the ending more positive and hopeful.

For more information about claims, read this handout: "Claims, Claims, Claims"
Courtesy the Odegaard Writing & Research Center
Adapted from UW Expository Writing Program handouts