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Use evidence – Try this!

Show that you are thinking critically about evidence by beginning most paragraphs with ideas in your own words (your voice), and then integrating other people’s words and ideas (their voices) into your argument. Click on these examples to find out more.

‘Global warming’ and ‘climate change’ have been used interchangeably in recent times to convey a new urgency around environmental issues.

Statement 1: This paragraph begins with a topic sentence with the topic and main point in the student’s voice.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change define it as ‘a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere’ (2011, p. 5).

Statement 2: The student develops the topic with a quote from another source, referencing it clearly.

Such definitions minimise natural causes. Instead they emphasise human contributions to climate change and position global warming as a key issue.

Statement 3: The two sentences following the quote explain and analyse the quote, linking it to the student’s main point.

By highlighting the largely man-made problem of global warming, they suggests a desire to motivate action on environmental issues.

Statement 4: The final sentence reinforces the paragraph's main point and the significance of what has been established.

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