Contestable and Supportable Claims

The best claims for introductory literature papers are contestable, or, not self-evidently true within the classroom community; they extend the conversation beyond what you have discussed in class; and you should be able to imagine a classmate disagreeing with your point. Effective claims can also be argued by pointing to evidence from the text-- they are supportable with what literature teachers call close reading, or analyzing the relationship between the text’s form and content.