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lesson 6
1 hour

Delineating Supporting Claims and Evidence


In this lesson, students continue to read and analyze Guns, Germs, and Steel, pages 229–237. In this excerpt, Diamond challenges the claim that “[n]necessity is the mother of invention” (p. 232) and “heroic theory of invention” (p. 231). Instead, Diamond claims that innovation often precedes the necessity for an invention. Additionally, students begin their exploration of arguments by learning how to delineate the author’s supporting claims and evidence.


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