Writers often include a main claim that applies to the text as a whole and sub-claims that are more specific claims that support the main claim. Readers should examine the relationship between all claims in a text to better understanding the topic. What do you think is the main claim of the Newsela article that you have been studying in this module, Climate change confirmed? Last year called the warmest on record Opens a new window?
Read the excerpt from the article introduction below and then complete the activity.
Scientists began recording average surface temperatures on Earth in 1880. Last year, 2014, was the warmest year ever recorded since that time.
The planet is warming over the long term, scientists announced Friday. The Earth’s average temperature has risen 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880.
– Newsela Opens a new window, January 22, 2015
Now go to the following page to identify the evidence and reasoning that the author uses to support the main claim.